Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 28th, 2013
Cryptomundian edsbigfoot brings us the following:
Loooong Q & A list about Sasquatch here on a page by Dr. Ketchum called the “Sasquatch Genome Project”….my goodness. edsbigfoot
This Q & A addresses many of the initial questions expected as a result of the publication of the SGP’s research proving the existence of the beings commonly known in the U.S. as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
It must be noted that the Bigfoot research community, while including many dedicated, well-meaning and enthusiastic people, has generally not learned from accumulated knowledge gained through sighting reports, eye witness testimony, Native American accounts, or the experiences of habituators and long-term witnesses. Instead, Bigfoot research has been held back by a culture of competition and contentiousness, and a pattern of cyclical debate that disregards the field’s own data and observances. It is the opinion of the SGP that this behavior, and the lack of adequate professional involvement, has prevented progress in the field, which is why the idea that Sasquatch were apes has been so pervasive.
While not intended to be a complete guide, the following questions and answers are based on common data and observances of the Bigfoot research community, the testimony of long-term witnesses and habituators, the knowledge of Native Americans, the received literature, and results of the Sasquatch Genome Project. E-mailed questions are welcome and may be answered here in the future.
A. Who and what are Sasquatch?
1. What are Sasquatch?
The Sasquatch are an indigenous, aboriginal people. Their maternal lineage is human and their paternal lineage is an unknown hominin. Their genetics reveal no relation to homo Neanderthalensis (Neanderthal) or homo sapiens Altai (Denisova). Despite their often reported ape-like features, they have no genetic connection to apes. This means they are not related to the Pleistocene pongid, gigantopithecus blacki, believed by many in the Bigfoot research community to be a likely ancestor. More research is needed to further understand Sasquatch genetics.
The paternal lineage found in the nuclear DNA of Sasquatch suggests a distantly related hominin that evolved separately from humans, apes and other primates but evolved to the point where it could interbred with humans.
2. Why don’t we know more about the paternal lineage of the Sasquatch? Could the paternal species be homo heidelbergensis? What about other recently discovered human ancestors?
Sasquatch is a recently developed species. Haplotype analysis within the mitochondrial (maternal) DNA indicates that the species is only about 15,000 years old. Only a very small percentage of human remains in their nuclear (paternal) DNA, which is primarily of the unknown hominin.
The fossil record is incomplete. Fossilization happens only under special circumstances and fossils are challenging to locate. We simply have not yet encountered remains of the paternal species from which DNA can be extracted.
Homo heidelbergensis is a more recent suggestion for a Sasquatch ancestor, but this human species died out at 400,000 years ago, long before Sasquatch came into existence.
The human family tree has become more complicated with recent discoveries of other human ancestors, including the flat-faced fossil and the unknown hominin revealed through African DNA. More research is needed to learn more about the origins of Sasquatch.
3. How old is the Sasquatch species?
Genomic research indicates that the species is about 15,000 years old.
Here is the link to the Q & A, where you can read the remainder of the document.
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.