On Thursday, it was reported that a team of researchers led by Dr. Melba Ketchum, from a group named the "Sasquatch Genome Project," had collected over 100 pieces of evidence, including video shots and, remarkably, even DNA sequencing, that show proof of the existence of a Sasquatch.
The footage was presented to the public at a news conference in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday. The researchers had made the decision to release their findings this way rather than through journals and other scientific papers.
The highlight of the event was the screening of supposedly "never before seen footage" of the creature, and the scientists are adamant that the video showing the alleged Sasquatch, moving through a wooded area in Kentucky, are absolutely real.
Dr. Ketchum has devoted a considerable amount of time over the past five years, working on a $500,000 DNA project using samples from an unknown hominin species. While many in the scientific community are laughing it off as "nothing more than a hoax," Ketchum is quick to respond that the research her group is involved with is a "serious study," looking into the existence of Bigfoot.
Ketchum says that at first, she was skeptical of the research and evidence that supported the existence of Bigfoot. But when she undertook the study, she implemented very strict protocols for the extraction of DNA from the over 111 samples that included hair, blood, skin and other tissues.
The samples used in the study came from 34 different hominin research sites in 14 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The samples, which could not be identified as human or of known animal origin underwent DNA testing, beginning with sequencing of mitochondrial DNA followed by sequencing nuclear DNA to determine where the individuals fit in the ‘tree of life,’” according to Ketchum.