I’ve been dragging my feet before I write anything about Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot Genetics paper because I was trying to hold out for Monster Talk to come out with an episode on it, in hopes that they’d interview Dr. Todd Disotell again.
Since time is dragging on, and the paper is thrown into less and less positive of a light as time goes on, I’ve decided to put together this new roundup on the topic, highlighing what are currently some of the best stories on the subject in hopes of at least giving the matter some coverage here before it’s forgotten completely.
- Ketchum Bigfoot DNA paper released: Problems with questionable publication – February 13, 2013 // By idoubtit, Doubtful News
A solid discussion of the concerns over the paper and it’s publishing. It provides a number of links that I’m not going to, so don’t be afraid to click through to other places.
- What do geneticists think of the Bigfoot paper? – Thursday, February 14, 2013 // SciGuy
As it turns out they think it’s a big pile of poorly made baloney. Disotell said “I’ve only read the abstract and conclusion and neither makes any sense“.
- Ketchum Sasquatch DNA is being analyzed by others – February 15, 2013 //By idoubtit, Doubtful News
This is the only exciting part of the story at this time. Ketchum is releasing the DNA to others for independent corroboration. I’m waiting with baited breath to find out who and how and what. But until her data is independently verified, it’s meaningless. I hope it really does end up on GenBank, so that scientists I trust with this sort of thing (like Disotell) can review it.