It seems you cannot look anywhere without seeing something about Dr. Melba Ketchum’s press release on her DNA study that was issued this past weekend. People are talking about it everywhere and it seems like everyone has voiced their opinion on the upcoming “Ketchum Report.” Personally, I was going to stay out of the discussion, but have since had so many people ask us what our take is on it that the SRA board felt I should write this article.
First, if you have not actually read the press release, you can find it on Bigfoot Evidence here: The Ketchum Report Press Release.
The basic facts are as follows:
- Dr. Ketchum has been sequencing purported Sasquatch DNA for the last five years.
- She has completed her research and a report on it.
- She has submitted the report to an unnamed scientific journal for peer-review and hopefully publication.
- A Russian contributor of hers did not want the news to wait for the peer-review process and released some of her findings to the internet.
- Dr. Ketchum released a press release confirming the rumor and some of her findings this past weekend.
- In the release, she claims that sasquatch are the descendants of a hybridization of modern female humans and an unknown hominin.
So what does this mean. Truth be told, not much…yet. It is actually bad form for her to have said anything about the study until after peer review and publication have finished. Anything said at this point can still be completely overturned by the peer-review, requiring more work on her part. Ideally, when the leak happened, Dr. Ketchum would have taken the high ground and neither confirmed nor denied his statements until the review process was done.
If true, it is exciting news, and, if it passes peer review, we’ll be all over it. But for now, there are many things that can go wrong yet. Are her samples traceable, are her findings repeatable, etc… Peer review may have issues with many things. Hopefully, that will not be the case. But for now, I for one will keep the cork in the champagne bottle until the actual report is reviewed, published, and I can read it for myself.
What do you think?