Recently I posted a short blog about the purported discovery of the finger of a giant (we "know" it had to be from a giant because, so we're told, the finger was some 16" long). Of course, stories of such giant finds abound on the internet, often with accompanying photos, and more often than not, most of the time these turn out to be hoaxes. In the case of the finger, I noted that a bit of Hollywood makeup artistry could come up with it.
Yet I also noted that there is a more serious search on, involving none other than world-famous Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes, to sequence DNA samples purportedly those of a Bigfoot, Yeti, or Sasquatch. Well, a reader of this particular site and of that particular blog (Mr. "B") kindly forwarded to me some very interesting articles about this very subject. Reading this, I quite literally froze, and I believe you will too when you read it. The article, or more precisely, press release, is here:
Here's the parts that made me freeze:
“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,” explains Ketchum.
“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.”(Emphases added)
Now note what we have:
- The sequenced DNA (allegedly from a Sasquatch) appears to be that of a human female crossed with a male or males of an unknown species;
- This male is "distantly removed from humans"; and,
- Appears to be "distinctly non-human" but also some kind of "non-archaic" hominid, in other words, an unknown species within the genus homo.
Now for those of you who've been following my own speculations based on some old texts, you'll recall that, in the Mesopotamian texts dealing with the "engineering" or "creation" of man, the "gods" contributed their part through the male, and the human part came from the female. In commenting on such stories, I have tried to point out that such a fusion or union would be aided or possible by some sort of genetic compatibility to begin with, and this, it appears, is exactly what Dr. Ketchum discovered. I have called them in various interviews "genetic cousins". In short, if this study is true, then we might be looking at some very modern conformation of the basic outlines of a very old story. It is, of course, far to early to say that it is, but the implications, if true, are there. If Dr. Ketchum's study is true or, more importantly, if its results can be reproduced, then we have drawn a bit closer to the point of having to seriously reexamine those old texts.
See you on the flip side.