That requires a substantial number, spread out over a fairly wide area where they can find sufficient food and shelter to keep hidden from all the investigators. In the s, when Bigfoot "experts" were frequently given high-profile media coverage, Mcleod writes that the scientific community generally avoided lending credence to the theories by debating them. Ivan T. Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans have spent parts of their career searching for Bigfoot.
Coon , George Allen Agogino and William Charles Osman Hill , although they came to no definite conclusions and later drifted from this research, although Jarvis continues his research from his lab in Cherry Hill. Anthropologist Jeffrey Meldrum has said that the fossil remains of an ancient giant ape called Gigantopithecus could turn out to be ancestors of today's commonly known Bigfoot.
The first scientific study of available evidence was conducted by John Napier and published in his book, Bigfoot: The Yeti and Sasquatch in Myth and Reality, in Napier concluded, "I am convinced that Sasquatch exists, but whether it is all it is cracked up to be is another matter altogether. There must be something in north-west America that needs explaining, and that something leaves man-like footprints. In , the National Wildlife Federation funded a field study seeking Bigfoot evidence.
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No formal federation members were involved and the study made no notable discoveries. Beginning in the late s, physical anthropologist Grover Krantz published several articles and four book-length treatments of Sasquatch. However, his work was found to contain multiple scientific failings including falling for hoaxes.
A study published in the Journal of Biogeography in by J. Lozier et al. They found a very close match with the ecological parameters of the American black bear , Ursus americanus. They also note that an upright bear looks much like Bigfoot's purported appearance and consider it highly improbable that two species should have very similar ecological preferences, concluding that Bigfoot sightings are likely sightings of black bears.
In the first systematic genetic analysis of 30 hair samples that were suspected to be from bigfoot, yeti, sasquatch, almasty or other anomalous primates, only one was found to be primate in origin, and that was identified as human. A joint study by the University of Oxford and Lausanne's Cantonal Museum of Zoology and published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B in , the team used a previously published cleaning method to remove all surface contamination and the ribosomal mitochondrial DNA 12S fragment of the sample was sequenced and then compared to GenBank to identify the species origin.
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The samples submitted were from different parts of the world, including the United States, Russia, the Himalayas, and Sumatra. Other than one sample of human origin, all but two are from common animals. The last two samples were thought to match a fossilized genetic sample of a 40, year old polar bear of the Pleistocene epoch;  however, a later study disputes this finding. In the second paper, tests identified the hairs as being from a rare type of brown bear. After what The Huffington Post described as "a five-year study of purported Bigfoot also known as Sasquatch DNA samples",  but prior to peer review of the work, DNA Diagnostics, a veterinary laboratory headed by veterinarian Melba Ketchum, issued a press release on November 24, , claiming that they had found proof that the Sasquatch "is a human relative that arose approximately 15, years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
In , Ketchum registered the name Homo sapiens cognatus to be used for the reputed hominid more familiarly known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch with ZooBank , a non-governmental organization adjunct to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature ICZN. According to Ari Grossman of Midwestern University, the lack of formal differential diagnosis, type specimen, or designated location of a type specimen to verify the organism named, leaves the registered name open to challenge. Failing to find a scientific journal that would publish their results, Ketchum announced on February 13, , that their research had been published in the DeNovo Journal of Science.
The Huffington Post discovered that the journal's domain had been registered anonymously only nine days before the announcement. This was the only edition of DeNovo and was listed as Volume 1, Issue 1, with its only content being the Ketchum paper. Shortly after publication, the paper was analyzed and outlined by Sharon Hill of Doubtful News for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Hill reported on the questionable journal, mismanaged DNA testing and poor quality paper, stating that "The few experienced geneticists who viewed the paper reported a dismal opinion of it noting it made little sense.
The Scientist magazine also analyzed the paper, reporting that:.
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Geneticists who have seen the paper are not impressed. Claims about the origins and characteristics of Bigfoot have crossed over with other paranormal claims, including that Bigfoot and UFOs are related or that Bigfoot creatures are psychic or even completely supernatural. The evidence advanced supporting the existence of such a large, ape-like creature has often been attributed to hoaxes or delusion rather than to sightings of a genuine creature. No data other than material that's clearly been fabricated has ever been presented.
There are several organizations dedicated to the research and investigation of Bigfoot sightings in the United States. Their website includes reports from across North America that have been investigated by researchers to determine credibility. Bigfoot has had a demonstrable impact as a popular culture phenomenon. When asked for her opinion of Bigfoot in a September 27, , interview on National Public Radio 's " Science Friday ", Jane Goodall said "I'm sure they exist", and later said, chuckling, "Well, I'm a romantic, so I always wanted them to exist", and finally, "You know, why isn't there a body?
I can't answer that, and maybe they don't exist, but I want them to.
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