Monday, November 26, 2012

Sasquatch Genome Sequenced

I have known for some time that a number of DNA samples existed and that work was underway.  This is the first formal announcement and it was precipitated by earlier comments made by a collaborator.  This is extremely impressive.

What is startling is how recent the critical mating took place.  It appears to have coincided with the advent of modern humanity in North America.  And yes this does beg the question of just what the novel hominid was.

I would be happier tracing it back to Central Asia where we have strange hominids.  In the meantime, this is the ultimate beauty and the beast tale.

The big story right now is that we now have extraordinary proof that the creature exists and that debate is totally over.  You simply cannot fake this.  The drive is now on in earnest to make contact and to study these creatures.  It should also be a little safer than mountain gorillas.

I must admit to been totally surprised at the recent hybridization.  There were hints of that in the mass of reports but nothing certain or particularly convincing.  I certainly would never have predicted any of it.

What it does means is that the one report of direct use of our language is how completely plausible.  It can happen.

It also means that establishing communication with one family will open the door to all of them.  From that point on they can become our partners in the forests.

These creatures are truly our cousins.

In advancing alternative history, I have argued that modern humanity was specifically engineered about 15000 years ago to terraform Earth.  They were then landed in colonies at least 10,000 years ago as per Noah.  Thus there is conforming evidence that this was no accidental mating that took once.  It makes much sense to have a species of man able to work the forest in this new Terra.

Melba Ketcham's Official Announcement

From Dr. Ketchum, herself:
Below is our official response:



Five-Year Genome Study Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America

Contact: Robin Lynne,, 231.622.5362

DALLAS, Nov. 24--A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America. Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing 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 study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:

“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that
Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.

Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,” explains Ketchum.

Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”

Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago.

Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people:

“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry. Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill them.”

Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.
*Unfortunately for this announcement and I have previously pointed out, We know NOTHING of other Hominid species' Nuclear DNA. What we have is the mitochondrial (mt) DNA: That is the part which is retained in fossils. The statements as given for Neanderthal and Denisovan Nuclear DNA are without any base data to go on*


Anonymous said...

I hope nobody ever finds one, ever. I've seen and heard too much about the way people are hated and treated by their fellow man and I can see it and read about it every day of the week. I can't see how anything good could come out of it. Good people would be pushed aside and exploitation and experimentation by corporate giants trying to patent the creatures for profit would result.

Anonymous said...

It just shows Men will screw anything. Just kidding.
I do not believe its a hybrid species. Just like the chimpanzee shares over 95% of our Genome, it is still a its own distinct species. The Soviet Union and East Germany tried to breed supper warriors with humans and primates and it never worked.
So far Sasquatch has been very lucky and has not been shot. Its walks upright which has saved him from becoming a trophy. Lets hope this creature which is has been seen worldwide will be able to continue to live with us.