In her website The Sasquatch Genome Project Dr. Melba Ketchum presents her research regarding bigfoot DNA and her conclusions concerning same. It is in her conclusions, and the assumptions she makes underlying them, that bother me.
On Look What They’ve Been up To we are told that they braid horses’ hair, write, and are telepathic. I think it far more likely that the mane braiding was done by humans, that the “writing” was also done by a human, and as for the telepathy…
Folks, if telepathy works, and can be shown to work, why hasn’t it changed our world? How would it change our world? I don’t know, but I’m damn sure it would, and in substantial ways.
The Q&A is where I have some substantial problems. In the answer to the first question we read that the Sasquatch is a hybrid of human and ape, which tells me that Dr. Ketchum knows damn all about primates in general and great apes in particular.
Now the Bigfoot does have some features in common with humans, but that doesn’t mean those features originated with humans. I suspect that the “human” features we see in Sasquatch appeared originally in a common ancestor to both species, and in our case were later not expressed in our more immediate ancestors. We do after all have DNA in our genome that is not expressed, but which could be expressed were conditions to change.
Something tells me we need to compare orangutan, gorilla, chimpanzee, yeti, and bigfoot DNA as well as human to see how they compare. I suspect we would find that the genetics we think are uniquely human actually go back to long before H.sapiens popped up. I have the feeling that Ketchum’s conclusions are caused to a good degree by her prejudice.
And the Gorilla
Some years ago I read an analysis a fellow did—I forget who—in which he found what he thought was an unusually large amount of gorilla DNA. I could be wrong, but my conclusion was—and is—that the Bigfoot is most closely related to the gorilla, and that the two have a common ancestor.
In short, I think it’s more likely that the ancestor of the Yeti separated from the ancestor of the gorilla, and then later the ancestor of the Bigfoot separated from the Yeti’s ancestor.
Where the mitochondrial DNA is concerned, the only thing I can conclude is that there was human contamination, and that that part of the work needs to be redone. I suspect the Dr.’s prejudice played a role in her conclusion regarding it.
The research needs to be redone. Redone by a different group using fresh uncontaminated material. They need to show their work and to do a decent job of presentation. Above all to not assume, no matter how romantic and gosh-golly the assumptions might be. And most importantly they need to share with no holding back.
Sorry Dr. Ketchum, but you fucked up