A research team calling themselves The Sasquatch Genome Project held a press conference in Dallas earlier this week in which they unveiled new video footage, photographs and samples which they claim as strong evidence for the existence of Bigfoot.
Photo © Adrian Erickson
New York Daily News recently ran an in-depth story about the group and their findings, which include a 2005 video shot in the Kentucky wilderness showing what seem to be two hairy, humanoid creatures. The video was presented to the press this week, along with a peer-reviewed case study and images showing blood, hair, saliva, skin cells and even teeth marks – all claimed to come from the creature. They also reported that those and similar samples were sent blind to a number of laboratories and universities for analysis (including NYU, University of Texas Southwestern and the North Louisiana Crime Lab), none of whom were able to identify their origin.
Dr. Melba Ketchum, a veterinarian and geneticist who founded the Sasquatch Genome Project, has been working to build credibility for Bigfoot studies among the scientific community. She claims that the new evidence – along with samples the team has collected and studied over the past five years – will legitimize the team's mission. As their name suggests, one of their main goals is to identify the Sasquatch DNA sequence and determine if the creature could be a hybrid of homo sapiens. Through many scientists remain skeptical, one true believer is businessman Adrian Erickson, who donated half a million dollars to the project.
"The whole point of this [research] is that these [creatures] are a type of people,” Ketchum explained, “and they have culture and there's plenty of evidence of this effect... they should have rights like we have.”