Monster hunters and Bigfoot believers, get excited: A group of researchers now claim to have indisputable proof the legendary creature is, in fact, very real.
At a Dallas press conference Tuesday, the group known as the Sasquatch Genome Project presented evidence including photos, videos and even the supposed DNA of the beast.
The videos included this shot, said to be a sasquatch walking in the woods, as well as a shot of what the team says is a juvenile female Bigfoot sleeping. They say both shots were filmed in Kentucky. (Via WFAA)
The researchers also really want you to know the five-year, half-a-million dollar research project is not just messin’ with sasquatch. (Via YouTube / Jack Link’s Jerky)
MELBA KETCHUM: “We just want people to understand that this is a serious study.”
ADRIAN ERICKSON: “People have chosen to just … they don’t want to believe it. They can’t find it in their minds to believe these things exist.” (Via KTHV)
Along with the videos, the group also presented blood, hair and a DNA sample, which they say is the strongest proof of Bigfoot’s existence — proof they claim has been reviewed by 11 independent laboratories and universities, including New York University, University of Texas Southwestern and the North Louisiana Crime Lab. (Via Daily Mirror)
According to lead researcher Melba Ketchum: “They didn’t know what they were testing. I have one email from a tester saying ‘what have you done, discovered a new species?’” (Via New York Daily News)
Which, if the evidence proves to be legit, might be exactly the case. The team says the samples prove the existence of a previously unknown hominin species that originated some 13,000 years ago.
ABC quotes Ketchum saying, “They’re a type of people, they’re a human-hybrid, we believe. And all of the DNA evidence points to that.”
Before you get too excited, though, keep in mind there have been Bigfoot hoaxes before.
A famous 1967 film allegedly captured the first video of the creature before one of the participants admitted it was fake — and that he was wearing an ape suit in the video. (Via Animal Planet)
And back in 2008 two Georgia men claimed to have a Bigfoot corpse in their freezer. That turned out to be a rubber suit. (Via Fox News)
But the team, which was funded by businessman Adrian Erickson, stands by its evidence and says there are more than 1,000 sasquatches nationwide. Maybe you can find one in your neck of the woods.
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