Through the years the Erickson Project has collected and funded
testing of a number of Sasquatch DNA samples from various geographical areas of North America at a
variety of DNA labs in Canada and the United States. Even though the results of those mitochondrial
tests all came back human, namely 'Eastern European' Adrian Erickson and Dennis Pfohl were convinced that
the samples were from Sasquatch and not 'contaminated' by humans.
When yet another scientist related to Erickson that a different sample tested at the University of
New York (one of the labs the Erickson Project had also used) also came back as 'Eastern European' the
scientist dismissed it as human. At that point however, Erickson knew he was on the right track and needed
to test further. He contacted and started to collaborate with Dr. Ketchum and provided her with his samples
and the previous DNA results in order to continue testing. As the study expanded Erickson supplied much of
the initial funding of Dr. Ketchum's study which was more in-depth and involved nuclear DNA. This study was
completed after five years.
The Erickson Project is a contributor of six Sasquatch DNA samples to Dr.Ketchum's study,
all from diverse areas, one of those samples was used to sequence a complete Sasquatch genome
in Dr. Ketchum's study. Specific information on the role of The Erickson Project will be released
when her manuscript is published; this will be posted on this website.
November 24 2012
Dr. Ketchum's press release about upcoming publication of her manuscript:
‘BIGFOOT’ DNA SEQUENCED IN UPCOMING GENETICS STUDY
Five-Year Genome Study Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America
DALLAS, Nov. 24
A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the
existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America.
Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately
15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba
S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her
team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:
“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain
3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is
identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and
other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of
males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.
Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo.
Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch
mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA
is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,”
“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear
DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We
describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better
characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”
Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including
forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as
a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples
5 years ago.
Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people:
“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry. Government
at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional
rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill
Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.