Come on, admit it, we all want Bigfoot to exist. The mythical "beast" who is eight feet tall, covered in hair, and goes by the name Sasquatch, Yeti, Bigfoot, and more is a legend we could all get behind. And now, a Texas veterinarian claims she has the DNA, has studied it extensively, and can prove Bigfoot exists and is no monster at all.
Yes, that's right. Melba S. Ketchum claims she has been testing samples from "Bigfoot," though it's unclear where she got them, and that the legendary creature is a human hybrid, descended from human females who mated with males of “an unknown hominid species.” Creepy, eh?
We all want it to be true. Admit it. The thought is intriguing and it certainly grabs the attention. Just think of the poor man killed on the road because he wanted people to believe so badly. Unfortunately, we all know the reality.
Our world is full of things we can't explain, it's true. And new species DO exist. We haven't seen everything there is to see. It's also possible that a creature that was part human could theoretically be smart enough to hide from the rest of us and keep his or her identity a secret, right? It's possible.
But it's not likely.
Come on now. We would love to think this is true and the theory could work in much the same way the aquatic ape theory related to mermaids work. Humans could have evolved in different ways and we do know, with pretty well accepted proof, that we weren't the only hominid species that ever existed. Homo sapiens just ended up lasting longer. Um, except Bigfoot. Right?
Scientists HAVE proven that modern humans have some genetic traits that we got from interbreeding with Neanderthals, a hominid that supposedly died out 30,000 years ago.
It's all possible. But it's not probable. The likelihood that we could have gone this long and not found definitive proof that Bigfoot exists is low, indeed, especially if they are common enough to be spread across the globe, earning names everywhere from Nepal to Northern Washington. It's just not likely.
It's also not an awesome use of scientific resources. But hey. I don't want to rain on the old parade. Let's do another study next month that proves we are all Martians. I totally know some people who make me believe.
Do you think Bigfoot is real?
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