New DNA, video evidence suggests Bigfoot is real: scientists
DNA samples and video footage of an alleged Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, sleeping in the Kentucky woods have been presented this week by researchers in Texas who claim it all belongs to a 'human hybrid'.
The statements are supposedly backed by 11 outside laboratories and universities, which reviewed the findings, and which were provided with blind samples, according to a report by researchers with the Sasquatch Genome Project.
Dr Melba Ketchum, who led the USD 500,000 project during the course of the five-year research, called the project "a serious study", reported 'CBS 11 News'.
Among the findings presented by the researchers is footage of what is described as "a reddish brown Sasquatch juvenile" sleeping in the woods after being tracked with her mother.
Other findings presented in the report, first published in February, include photos of coarse horse-like hair and at least one tissue sample believed by the group to be from an actual Sasquatch.
Another photo appears to show "fresh" drops of blood and large marks from "fangs" said to have punctured a metal downspout, according to the report.
"Approximately one hundred and thirteen separate samples of hair, blood, mucus, toenail, bark scrapings, saliva and skin with hair and subcutaneous tissue attached were submitted by dozens of individuals and groups from thirty-four separate hominin collection sites around North America," the report said.
The labs said to have received the samples for study included the University of Texas Southwestern, the North Louisiana Crime Lab and New York University (NYU).
However, a reply from NYU told the 'New York Daily News' that the university never dealt with Ketchum - who holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University - or accepted any data or samples from the Bigfoot Genome Project.
The Louisiana Crime Lab said it worked with Ketchum on her study but all they did was extract DNA from bones she sent them that she in turn sent to be sampled elsewhere.
"They didn't know what they were testing," Ketchum told the Daily News of the samples sent out. "I have one email from a tester saying 'what have you done, discovered a new species?'"
Though all of the samples turned out to be human, according to Ketchum, when the samples were broadened into genome sequences, some parts of the DNA were found to be identical to no other species previously known to man.
This led researchers to believe they have discovered a genetic hybrid, which would change what is believed about evolution in the scientific community.
The samples indicate the genetic material "originated from modern human females," noted Ketchum.