Dr. Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA Study, Peer-Rejected (And my response)
Today across many Cryptid/Bigfoot focused websites and various social platforms, it was reported that Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA Paper has been rejected by a peer review journal, although I am not clear on whether it was rejected by editors or actual peers and haven’t actually seen any official rejection notice.
However, at 3AM PST this morning, Igor Burtsev, the Russian scientist who originally leaked the Bigfoot DNA results, posted this message informing the public that Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA paper had not been accepted:
Yes, the paper of Dr Ketchum is under reviewing. And it is worth to be published. Just the situation now remindes me the war between North and South in the beginning of USA history… There are a lot of her supporters as well as a lot of her opponents and even some enemies…
The problem is that some people absolutize the science. Unfortunately science now is too conservative. One third of the population of the USA believes in BFs existing, but academic science even does not want to recognize the problem of their existing or not, just rejecting to dicuss this question. In such a condition this subject is under discussion of the broad public. We can’t wait decades when scientists start to study this problem, forest people need to be protect now, not after half a sentury, when science wakes up.
Re the paper: the reviewed journals in the US refused to publish the paper. That is why Dr Ketchum has sent it to me to arrange publishing in any Russian reviewd journal. And I showed to our genetisits and understood that it was a serious work. I gave it up to the journal, now it’s under reviewing.
Anyway, I informed public about the results of the study. The public waited for this info for more than a year, a lot of rumors were spreading around. And the public has the right to know it nevertheless “science” says about it.
- Igor Burtsev
Guy Edwards posted the following at Bigfoot Lunch Club “We knew getting a Bigfoot DNA paper published would be a challenge. According to Katrina Kelner, a Science magazine editor, “At Science, we have to reject more than 90% of the papers submitted to us.”This is why Dr. Melba Ketchum’s execution and communication had to be flawless, it had to be held to a higher standard—there were too many expectations and too many personal efforts on the line. In our opinion, if Dr. Melba Ketchum had realized this project was bigger than herself, the outcome would have closer to the one we had hoped for.” Bigfoot Lunch Club is a contributor to Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman’s daily blog.
Loren Coleman announced there today that “the direction of the discussion has been changed by the Facebook/emailed leaks and the Ketchum press release. Therefore, I have agreed to talk with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM next Monday to dissect the media flap that has now been created and what it means for serious cryptozoology and Sasquatch studies.”
As previously mentioned on Cryptid Chronicles, I personally have withheld any enthusiasm regaurding this specific bigfoot buzz, but I would like to reaffirm that I personally believe in Bigfoot-type creatures and going further, I believe there is not only evidence to support the existence of a bigfoot, but that there are multiple subspecies that exist and I think their official discovery is close.
I may lose some followers over this post (i have already lost followers over this whole Ketchum coverage) but that’s fine, i’m not losing sleep over it - everyone is entitled to an opinion, including me, including you and including Dr. Ketchum and every scientist and researcher who really feels their work is being done seriously and with proper respect.
Anyway, so yeah, I have been asked by more than a few followers of this blog what my own assessment is regaurding the Ketchum DNA study and my reponse is this:
To many folks there is no evidence to support the existence of a bigfoot-like creature, or extraterrestrial visitors, or in that matter fairies, dragons and unicorns. BUT there is also no evidence to support the existence of “God”, either (in fact some may say there’s been more sightings of Bigfoot than there has of God!) Yet, there is no shortage of true believers in an “almighty being”, so… to those who want to roll their eyes loudly and insist that if bigfoot were real, we would know about it, I would just like to say that before those folks go pointing fingers about someone’s credibilty just because it may not be “normal” to them, it may not be what the mainstream science and general community has come to expect, or their ideas may be too “out there”, I would like to remind people that scientists get rejected all the time, and as for money/publicity, well that’s always going to be a major factor in the bigfoot phenomenon, but it’s also a major factor in the Catholic/(insert any other religion here) phenomenon as well, and that’s really very shameful, but that doesn’t mean that every catholic or reglious person is in it for that specific reason. That being said, i’m not endorsing or defending Dr. Ketchum, but I am also not going to sit around ridiculing her, either
The bottom line is that whether you believe Melba Ketchum or not, nothing has really changed. I think Bigfoot is still out there and it’s counterproductive and a waste of energy to continue to chastise her when that energy could be used for more aggressive efforts in helping to prove what a lot of us bigfoot believers know already - that Bigfoot exists, and more importantly, we need to protect it as an endangered species. It’s time to move forward and make that happen.
There is no better time than NOW to support the field of Cryptozoology!!
Go right now and find and support a Bigfoot/Cryptid researcher or research organisation that you feel is approaching Bigfoot and other cryptid studies seriously and show your support!
No matter if you are disappointed in the Ketchum research or not, that is the single most productive thing you can do right now.
Sydney C. Squidney
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Leading Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman to Discuss Ketchum Bigfoot DNA Media Flap on Coast to Coast AM
As reported on Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman will be on George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM on Monday night December 10, 2012, 10 pm Pacific/Tuesday morning December 11, 2012, 1 am Eastern.
The discussion will be about the media “going Ketchum,” over the leaked, pre-publication news from the alleged results from “Bigfoot DNA.”
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, He is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries authoring such books as “The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates”, “BIGFOOT!: The True Story of Apes in America" and "Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature”
Coleman has carried out fieldwork throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, regarding sightings, trace evidence, and Native peoples’ traditions of Sasquatch/Windigo/Bigfoot. He has written on Yeti and Bigfoot expedition sponsor Tom Slick and has won awards for this documentary and literary work.
Interested in what Loren Coleman has to say? Catch the show at http://www.coasttocoastam.com/ Monday night December 10, 2012, 10 pm Pacific/Tuesday morning December 11, 2012, 1 am Eastern
If you listen to the show, I hope you’ll please comment, Like ❤ and share and come back to discuss at Cryptid Chronicles and also at Cryptomundo! Thank you!
Sydney C. Squidney
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Vietnam and High (Humanoid) Strangeness in Wartime
There are few periods in World History that become murkier than those during which conflict erupts. Within this already darkened jurisdiction of past studies, perhaps no era is quite so strange and troubling as those years during which the infamous Vietnam conflict had been waged.
Falling between the final years of the 1960s, the United States became embroiled in the conflict with the intention of aiding South Vietnam, and of course, to bolster the ongoing effort toward the spread of democracy in parts of the world still riddled by Communism. So far as historic periods of conflict are concerned, Vietnam is indeed remembered as one of the darker periods in history; and within its shadows of obscurity, there are nonetheless a number of curious accounts and seldom-spoken mysteries which have prevailed over the years, begging questions as to what kinds of odd operations might have been taking place “behind the scenes,” so to speak.
That is, of course, if such strange stories can be believed. Indeed, some of the more bizarre accounts from the Vietnam years are so strange, they might likely fall beyond the jurisdictions of what can even be considered “believable.” And yet, the stories persist… which include accounts of friendly giants, glowing nonhumans, and winged wonder-women drifting about the deep jungles by cover of night.
And here’s the complete article at Mysterious Universe
Source Credit(s): Copyright © Micah Hanks/Mysterious Universe mysteriousuniverse.org/2012/11/vietnam-and-high-humanoid-strangeness-in-wartime/ (Reposted with permission)
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