Bigfoot Might Be Your Cousin -- and Other DNA Findings About Strange Creatures

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Whether the existence of Bigfoot is true or not is debatable and the arguments on both sides are compelling. According to LiveScience, though, a press release has claimed DNA proof from a Texas veterinarian that not only does Bigfoot exist, but that sasquatches have human DNA.

The press release came from a company called DNA Diagnostics. It claims a study by a veterinarian, Melba S. Ketchum, suggests that, 15,000 years ago, cryptids had sex with human females and produced offspring that became what we now know as the elusive "Bigfoot."

Ketchum has refused to allow anyone to see the evidence of her study, but her theories are certainly thought-provoking.

A May 2012 article on LiveScience detailed the undertaking of a study by Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology to investigate cryptic species such as the yeti (or abominable snowman) or Bigfoot. Researchers asked cryptozoologists to submit descriptions of samples through September and planned to begin actual genetic testing in November. Following the tests, the research leads expect to write up the results they discover and publish in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Such publication would be a first for cryptozoological findings.

A 10-year DNA study on another unexplained creature may offer better results and information about the creature in question. According to the website GhostTheory, a DNA study that spanned 10 years and tested tooth, hair and skull samples from believed "chupacabra" sightings resulted in evidence that showed the DNA taken from those creatures was not human, dog, or cat. What exactly these particular samples belong to, it is unclear. The researcher from the Miami UFO Center did not compare the samples to other animals in the DNA database, so the only thing was determined was that the potential chupacabra creatures were not kin to us or our favorite pets.

In August 2011, a creature found as roadkill in Minnesota was identified as definitely not a chupacabra, but instead DNA testing determined that it was instead, a badger. According to a report on, the creature was first found in July, 2011 by a driver who saw the carcass on the road.

The chupacabra-turned-badger had white skin and a clump of hair along with five long claws on each front paw. The color, the lack of hair and the strange appearance of the creature were all results of decomposition -- not chupacabra-ness.

Whether such strange creatures as the yeti, Bigfoot, the chupacabra or other unknown cryptids truly exist is unknown. Even DNA findings may not prove anything conclusively but the research and potential for learning more about the world around us is fascinating.

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