The anthropologist judge of Spike TV's "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" is speaking out against Rick Dyer, the self-proclaimed bigfoot hunter who recently released photographic "proof" of the sasquatch he says he killed in Texas in 2012. In fact, Todd Disotell, a professor of anthropology at New York University and who also runs NYU's Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, goes so far as to say that supposed reformed hoaxer Rick Dyer's proof is "completely worthless."
"Dude," he said, as reported by Yahoo TV Jan. 7, "I'm not going to take your word [for] it or your crappy picture. Show us real data."
Real data is what Dyer says he has, after all. In his KSAT interview promoting his future tour with the sasquatch carcass, where he first revealed the photo in question, he claimed to have DNA evidence, 3D body scans, and the actual bigfoot cadaver. He explained that it took him a while to present his promised proof (back in Feb. 2013) because he was in a legal battle over the body with investors until just recently.
Dyer plans to tour North America with the carcass to allow the public to see the "real" bigfoot for themselves, charging a small viewing fee, of course.
"The second profit pops into science, science goes squiggly," Disotell says.
Also squiggly is a new detail concerning the bigfoot body. Dyer is now claiming the sasquatch was shot in Washington state (not San Antonio, as originally reported). This was also where the sasquatch was stored after it was shot and throughout the legal battles.
Disotell's fellow judge on "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," primatologist Natalia Reagan, isn't buying into Rick Dyer's claims, either. "It's strange that he chose to have it taxidermied rather than have better-preserved live samples sent for testing," she said.
Disotell and Reagan's comments come just a few days after Rick Dyer demanded that Spike TV -- and the show "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" -- pay up. In a video posted on YouTube, he insists he has an actual sasquatch, so Spike TV should hand over the bounty.
But the two scientists, along with actor Dean Cain, bring scientific credibility to the hunt for the legendary beast. In fact, Disotell helped formulate the criteria to establish definitive proof for the awarding of the bounty, something famed insurer Lloyd's of London signed off on. It is the following of actual scientific protocol that makes the new reality series different from all other shows that try to explain the unexplained.
Reagan helps the various bigfoot hunters ("squatchers") learn scientific protocol and proper collection methods. If something is going to be found that proves the existence of the man-beast, she wants the proof to be incontrovertible. And Disotell refuses to test any sample that hasn't been properly collected.
Does that mean that Rick Dyer, the former used car salesman and Georgia bigfoot hoaxer who wants the world to see him as the greatest bigfoot hunter ever, will get the bounty promised by the show? Doubtful. He says they've asked him to be on the show, but he's turned them down.
Could it be that his bigfoot claims are a bit squiggly?
Todd Disotell and Natalia Reagan can be seen with actor Dean Cain on Spike TV's "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" which premiered at 10 p.m. EST on Jan. 10.