Todd Standing Has Sasquatch DNA Evidence?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 12th, 2014

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Bigfoot believer claims DNA proves beast’s existence

A Calgary man who has spent a decade tracing the movements of an elusive ape-like beast — widely considered a myth — believes he has DNA evidence suggesting bigfoot is alive and romping through Canadian forests.

Todd Standing said a strand of hair he plucked from a tree in southeastern British Columbia has unusual DNA sequences that must be linked to the legendary sasquatch.


The hair sample was tested by a lab in Thunder Bay, Ont., which concluded it was human, but Standing rejects the conclusion and interprets the results differently. He believes his long-standing hunt to prove bigfoot’s existence is gaining tremendous momentum.


And he’s looking for geneticists to verify his findings.

“This is a perfect sample, uncontaminated,” he said. “It cannot be mine, and it cannot be another human being’s. And, in fact, in all the knowledge that I have, and everybody I’ve spoken to, it can’t even be a known primate.”

For years, Standing has made it his mission to convince the masses that bigfoot is not a myth, but an undocumented species of primate that walks on two legs.

Under his arm he carries a laptop filled with photographs and reams of research he said are proof of the legend. He has appeared on television and Internet radio programs. And he has taken scientists into backcountry research sites where he believes the beast thrives.

Les Stroud, host of the reality television show Survivorman, joined Standing in expeditions and was stunned by giant footprints, unidentified whooping sounds and other bizarre happenings.

Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor at Idaho State University and a bigfoot believer, was also encouraged by what he saw and heard when hiking through the woods with Standing, though he never came across the legendary creature.

At one site near Radium Hot Springs, B.C., Standing said he leaves apples out in the wilderness only to find them devoured hours later.

“I can’t say I’ve trained them … I’ve habituated them to take food gifts from me.”

About two months ago, he said, one of the mysterious creatures left behind a strand of hair. Standing submitted the sample to Paleo-DNA Laboratory, part of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

Three tests concluded the hair matched human genes. The lab also compared the strand to the DNA of chimpanzees — the closest genetic relative of humans — and found it matched, to varying degrees.

“Based on my results, it looks like it’s human hair,” said Stephen Fratpietro, who conducted the tests. “That’s what every indication has led me to believe.”

Standing doesn’t see it that way. Based on all that he has read about DNA sequencing on the web and in scientific journals, he said he cannot find another confirmed species of primate with the same genetic makeup.

The bigfoot believer said two sets of results, one confirming a 100 per cent link to humans, another finding an 85 per cent match to chimp DNA, are unusual and inconsistent with what he has learned about documented species. He said the 15 per cent gap is too big to be human.

Fratpietro, who won’t deny bigfoot exists because “anything’s possible in science,” said DNA strands are rich with genetic information and, depending on where you look, the gaps between chimp and human DNA can vary.

“There’s nothing that says it’s not human.”

Standing is now on the hunt for another professional DNA lab that will test the hair and determine whether he is the man behind the latest sasquatch hoax or the only man with concrete evidence the beast exists.

But he faces an uphill battle.

“No faculty and no university supports the reality of unicorns, supports the reality of Santa Claus, and that’s how they feel about sasquatch,” he said.

“I don’t want to be ignored anymore. I want to have a scientific conversation. I need a geneticist.”


So the testing shows his hair sample to be 100% homo sapiens, yet he doesn’t believe the results as he believes Sasquatch are gigantopithecus?

See also: The Quest for Bigfoot

About Craig Woolheater
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.

4 Responses to “Todd Standing Has Sasquatch DNA Evidence?”

  1. Joxman2k responds:

    I believe Todd truly believes in Sasquatch. I do also, but my belief is not proof. He is not a good representative for the community because of past questionable “conclusive evidence” he has presented. If the DNA from his sample says Homo Sapien then it was homo sapien DNA …keep searching. He can talk to as many geneticists as he wants it wont change the results from the test. Has he got in touch with Melba Ketchum? She could look at the results and see if it matches her “conclusive evidence” too.

    I’m not saying he could not get definitive evidence, but evidence needs to be taken on it’s own merits first, then the circumstances, and who acquired it.

    I think at this point a full body or living creature is the only proof beyond reproach. …even then there will be people who won’t believe it.

  2. SasquatchVoice responds:

    Even IF Todd Standing submitted a viable hair sample, he could only join the ranks of others who have submitted samples with similar results. The big question would also be however, where did he REALLY get the sample?

    And why do we never get clarification as to what DNA was stolen? One most likely has to do with the other even tho Todd states he got this only a few months ago.

    More to come…

  3. dconstrukt responds:

    Look, the guy is a total jabronie.

    You can watch him on tv and in youtube videos and figure it out yourself.

    he gets a hair.

    thinks its bigfoot

    because every hair out there you find HAS to be a bigfoot, right?

    sends it in to get DNA tested…

    and they tell him its 100% human.

    of course, he’s got bias and refuses to believe this, because it doesn’t fit with his view.

    Science doesn’t lie.

    People, especially ones with bias do. 🙂

  4. dconstrukt responds:

    and let me say this before anyone jumps on me for my comments… I WANT to believe.

    I really do.

    I want to see this thing… ever since I was a kid seeing the PG film.

    but man… the stuff people are putting out there, like this guy… and asking you to believe it… is just plain JUNK.

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