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Saturday, 24 November 2012

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*


  1. This just sounds dodgy to me. Hope i'm wrong.

  2. Oh its possibly much worse than dodgy, Melba is saying something which does not make sense in a way that very deeoply affects the outcome of the DNA assay process. I am still waiting for the paper to come out to make any official statement ablout it on my part.

  3. I'm not buying the whole hybrid between modern human and another hominid 15,000 years ago. For a start if human women mated with the male hominids what happened to the females? The classic sasquatch looks much too ape like to be a human hybrid too.

  4. You are under a slight misconception (but very common) that all Bigfoots are one kind. My research along with that of many others goes to show the Eastern Bigfoot is a more humanlike (or Cavemanlike) creature than the one in the Patterson film, and it is the Eastern type that Melba ketcham has most of the DNA samples from, the nmore humanlike one

    However, there are some severe methodologicasl questions here, and the whole question as to how she can claim the nuclear DNA is NOT like Neanderthals or Denisovans when it is not the Nuclear DNA sequences we know for those fossils it is the Mitiochondrial DNA

    Hold on and worry about that part first, everything else is trivial at this point. The important half of the DNA that has been supposedly crossed with the (known) human female material is not referenced to any real known samples


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