November 24, 2012: analysis of extensive DNA sequencing of 'a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch” ... suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
' The press release claimed that the research was "currently under peer-review," except that no scientific journal would publish the research, until now: DeNovo
, an open access scientific journal. But DeNovo isn't really open access, as it costs $30 to view the article, the paper itself is brand new, the domain was recently purchased
, and the website features generic stock photos. Ars Technica digs deeper
, summarizing some of the "open access" article, and providing a link to a particularly insightful clip on YouTube
, with an odd water mark.
Wasn't the research done by the Texas geneticist, Melba Ketchum? Who is Erickson? Adrian Erickson was a rich fellow who lost millions trying to get bigfoot footage
for a documentary
. That documentary was to include footage of, as Ars Technica science editor John Timmer wrote, "a very shaggy carpet sleeping in the woods," was supposedly of a female Sasquatch named Matilda
. Sadly, it's not the unseen, rumored Matilda footage that was supposed be "the best video of Bigfoot
since the Patterson-Gimlin clip from 1967
Ketchum apparently purchased Erickson's work
, and blogger Robert Lindsay, who knows more of Matilda's story
, says Ketchum's research is good (though he reviewed some "bootleg copies" of the paper).
Huston Chronicle science blogger Eric Berger has been following Ketchum's Bigfoot DNA story for a while, from the press release
(noting that Ketchum's company, DNA Diagnostics, got an “F” from the Better Business Bureau, and that some of the DNA samples came from blueberry bagel-loving Bigfeet in Michigan), and the publication of the paper
, and most recently, he got feedback from geneticists
Bonus: as noted in the Ars Technica article above the fold, the Sasquatch DNA article notes "seen on the television series Monster Quest
." But it doesn't clarify which one, so you can watch a bunch of the episodes about the various Sasquatch/Bigfoot creatures here in this YouTube playlist