Sasquatch (BigFoot) DNA sequence announced. Snark ensues.
UPDATE February 13, 2013: The paper is apparently out. I’ll be tracking new information about it in this post: The Sasquatch Genome paper is out
Last night a hilarious press release started going around. I saw it first from this tweet:
Wants to bet on whether this paper gets through peer review? Claims that DNA shows Sasquatch is human/hominin hybrid: bit.ly/UV5JRL
— Zen Faulkes (@DoctorZen) November 26, 2012
It was irresistible. I had to read the release, and all I could think about was finding the Sasquatch Genome Browser. It eludes me right now.
It got even better today with the additional piece of information from this blog, via David Wood on Google+ : Who is Melba Ketchum’s Spokesperson? And who said what about Angel DNA?
Yes, that’s right. There’s more.
Oh, I can’t wait to see this paper. For a laugh I searched PubMed to see what kind of Bigfoot data there is already, and to my surprise he’s in there. Of course, the paper is about the psychology of monster hunters. And also about the tension between “amateur naturalists and professional scientists”.
It was an old animosity held deep in the American psyche about theoretical science and suspect ‘intellectual elites’. It was the dark anti-intellectualism of American populism.
And it references a Nature paper on “Abominable Snowman”. I kid you not. Linked below.
I do not care if this is true or not. It makes the world a cooler place & it delights me(.)
I’m going to keep this post as a placeholder to collect the chatter. It may get updated as the story unfolds.
Here’s an older bit about a copyright application. Seems there’s a book and documentary to come as well? Texas DNA specialist writes that Sasquatch is a modern human being
Steve Novella: Bigfoot DNA
BusinessInsider: Woman Claims To Have Sequenced Bigfoot’s Genome
Houston Chronicle: Like OMG! Scientists have sequenced Bigfoot DNA !!!!!!
Christian Science Monitor: ‘Bigfoot’ is part human, claims study based on purported Sasquatch DNA
Are you kidding me? Proves? Please fire this headline writer:
Commenter JY offers this from the Yakima Herald Republic: Sasquatch: Does DNA say it’s human?
Video interview with Ketchum on Houston TV station, also hat tip to JY: Does Bigfoot have human DNA?
The Scientist: Suspect Sasquatch Sequencing
Skeptoid’s Brian Hudson: Bigfoot DNA! Click Here! Click Here!
BioTechniques: Bigfoot Genome? “In 2006, Coltman and colleagues sequenced a supposed Bigfoot hair sample collected in Teslin, Yukon (1). The results showed it was just bison hair. ”
The Verge: Why is Bigfoot eating bagels?
Regal, B. (2008). Amateur versus professional: the search for Bigfoot Endeavour, 32 (2), 53-57 DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2008.04.005
TSCHERNEZKY, W. (1960). A Reconstruction of the Foot of the ‘Abominable Snowman’ Nature, 186 (4723), 496-497 DOI: 10.1038/186496a0