Posted by: Guy Edwards on November 24th, 2012
Bigfoot DNA is being studied by Dr. Bryan Sykes and Dr. Melba Ketchum (above)
For some of those entrenched in the Bigfoot community this is non-news. For those that loosely call ourselves journalists, like moi, we believe it is worth reporting–in other words this is news.
The following is the Reader’s Digest version of what happened on November 23rd 2012:
Reported earlier here at Cryptomundo, Igor Burtsev, Head of International Center of Hominology, announced the completion of Dr. Melba Ketchum’s project to sequence Bigfoot DNA. Dr. Burtsev continued on to say, “It is human like us only different, a hybrid of a human with unknown species…The hybridization event could not have occurred more than 15,000 years ago according to the mitochondrial data in some samples. Origin of this Hominin was probably Middle Eastern/Eastern Europe and Europe originally though other geographic areas are not excluded.”
Almost immediately Dr. Melba Ketchum responded on her Facebook page, “It is unfortunate that the partial summary of our data was released in this manner, however, I will be making a formal response in the next few days. Even though Igor Burtsev released this, it was not Dr. Burtsev’s fault.”
Another player in the Melba Ketchum project is David Paulides, who seems to want to position the Ketchum project in front of the Bryan Sykes Oxford University DNA study and any interest the TV Show Finding Bigfoot may have.
David Paulides writes on his website, NABigfootSearch.com, ”In the last twelve months you have seen a variety of groups suddenly take interest in bigfoot DNA. Where was that interest four years ago when we started our DNA Project? Dr. Jeff Meldrum has gone to Europe with his interest and utilized the resources of Oxford University in an attempt to develop a DNA sequence on Bigfoot. A weekly show about bigfoot also has just recently found an interest in bigfoot DNA and is trying to exploit this avenue, and there are others.”
At the risk of editorializing, and we should acknowledge these may not be the opinions of Cryptomundo, or of any of the other Cryptomundo contributors here, David Paulides’ post seems to be an effort to reassert ownership over any other Bigfoot DNA results. I also want to say, if I may speak for the community, we have ALL been interested in Bigfoot DNA. We have been interested in Bigfoot DNA before the technology was even mature enough to benefit us.
Finally, there are those in the community, myself included, that acknowledge DNA does not inform us details on population, ecological niche, physical morphology, behavior, diet. There is still a grand journey ahead of us, there is still room for all of us to help piece together the mystery of Bigfoot.
You can read reactions to Dr. Igor Burtsev’s update at Bigfoot Lunch Club.