An East Texas researcher says she has DNA proof that Bigfoot is real. Several local anthropologists spoke to FOX 7 about the claim and why they still have doubts.
You don't have to hike through the woods to get a glimpse of Bigfoot.
A computer internet search will pull up a lot of images of the elusive hairy creature. But now Dr. Melba Ketchum says she has found Bigfoot in her East Texas lab. She spoke to FOX 7 by phone Friday morning about her discovery and why she is so confident.
"Because DNA doesn't lie," said Dr. Ketchum.
Melba Ketchum is a veterinarian and specializes in animal DNA testing. About five years ago her company started analyzing tissue samples collected across North America by individuals who are trying to prove the existence of Bigfoot. The majority of the financing, according to Ketchum, has come from Wally Hersom, a retired businessman and Adrian Erickson, a Canadian Bigfoot researcher.
"We have saliva. We have bark scraping, we have blood we have a little bit of everything," said Dr. Ketchum.
She was skeptical until the results came in.
"It tells me that they're Human-Hybrid … so they are a type of people but they're different from us," said Dr. Ketchum.
The results from her DNA testing are now going through what's called a peer review. After that she promises to drop another bombshell.
"We have at our disposal Hi-Def. footage that will not be released until which time the publication is finished."
Ketchum says she has seen the video, which was recorded by a team in Canada.
"Hi-Def. video of some sasquatch, it's quite remarkable …"It's amazing," said Ketchum.
The doctor has certainly gone out on a limb with her claim and members of the scientific community are waiting to see if she will fall in.
A group of leading anthropologist from Texas State and Baylor are not ready to accept the claim as fact just yet.
"To actually to have found something would represent one of the greatest kinds of mysteries and discoveries in human evolution," said Dr. Michelle Hamilton.
But Lori Baker, a Baylor University Anthropologist, like her Texas State University counterpart, has doubts about the process used in making the conclusion.
"While DNA doesn't lie methods and procedures often give erroneous results," said Baker.
Dr. Kate Spradley, who is an avid number cruncher, doesn't like the odds.
"When you find results that nobody has ever found before there is the high potential for there to be an error," said Dr. Spradley.
Dr. Baker agrees with Spradley.
"'Cause some of these things she is working from are small samples they have low molecular weights and the chances of them being contaminated are quite high."
Ketchum says her lab work is clean and the samples were also analyzed at other sites.
But the group of Anthropologist is still willing to wait for more information to be released.
"The fact we don't have evidence of it doesn't mean there isn't something there but the odds are very, very low," said Hamilton.
Dr. Ketchum says she has been in the business testing DNA since 1985. With her discovery she wants the state to give the creatures special protection. But for the Bigfoot doubters there's always one big question. If these creatures exist then why have no certified bones ever been found?
Regardless of what is finally released the debate over whether or not some big is living in the woods will likely continue.