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For decades, Bigfoot enthusiasts pointed to grainy videos, supposed eyewitess testimonies and footprint molds as evidence of the legendary creature’s existence, but if new research from Melba S. Ketchum is proved legitimate, Sasquatch theorists may be able to start trading facts rather than hypotheses. The Texas veterinarian has supposedly spent the past five years studying whole nuclear genomes from purported Bigfoot remains, and the sequencing allegedly shows part of the DNA is human and part is from an unknown primate species.

According to Live Science, Ketchum and her team are speculating that approximately fifteen thousand years ago, males from the unknown species began impregnating human females. Eventually, the first species died off, but small numbers of the new hybrids survived, moved into the woods and have been making random human contacts ever since.

The theory sounds incredible, but not surprisingly, none of the evidence has been peer reviewed by other scientists or researchers yet. Until it is, Ketchum’s study will be treated with skepticism at best and outright derision at worst, at least from most angles. For those already on board with Bigfoot, however, today’s announcement and the possibility of pushing Sasquatch study into the 21st Century was no doubt a joyous and welcome surprise.

No date has been set for when scientific journals or other experts may be allowed to examine these conclusions, but when forward progress happens, we’ll make sure to keep you updated.
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