Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dr Jeff Meldrum Talks Bigfoot Genetic Study with Bryan Sykes of Oxford University

Dr Bryan Sykes, A DNA expert that has already been published in Nature
"Since he [Dr. Bryan Sykes] got wind of some of the, in my opinion, premature rumors of the hybridization and origins of Sasquatch, he was interested in that." --Dr. Jeff Meldrum

 This is part 3 of Dr. Jeff Meldrum's Presentation (You can view Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3)

On April 28, 2012 Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Dr. Bryan Sykes had lunch to discuss among other things the possibility of the hybridization of sasquatch. Sykes, who is very familiar with the mixing of ancestral genes in humans, was curious about the possible hybridization of Sasquatch. During the lunch Dr. Meldrum advised Dr Sykes, "It was extremely unlikely that such hybridization had occurred," Meldrum continued, "and the evidence was non-existent at this point, but the question was out there and was worthy of examination."

As you may have read from our previous post Dr Jeff Meldrum Participates in Parallel Sasquatch DNA Study, Dr. Jeff Meldrum is working with Bryan Sykes on a parallel Sasquatch DNA research. Meldrum has already offered some hair sample to Sykes. Dr. Bryan Sykes is emeritus professor of human genetics at Oxford University. His company, Oxford Ancestors, traces human genetic backgrounds. Sykes's books include the New York Times best-selling The Seven Daughters of Eve.

Watch the video below from Thom Cantrall's Pacific Northwest Conference on Primal People (Sasquatch) held in Richland, WA. In the video Meldrum discusses his lunch with Dr. Bryan Sykes and a little about each of his co-hosts from the History Channel's documentary "Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide"

9 comments:

  1. Exciting stuff, assuming it is true.

    In lieu of the whole Ketchum debacle I'm going to have to take any report like this with a grain of salt. Fingers crossed that this produces something serious though, Meldrum is a well respected heavy hitter!

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    1. Your wise to take this with a grain of salt. Even if the research is done perfectly, we may still end up with little evidence for anything. On the other hand, another promising point is Bryan Sykes's earlier research has already been published in Nature. So if he does come up with evidence, he will probably have better luck getting published.

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  2. Guy, do not forget that Sykes is also turning this project into a book and the BBC have stated they are going to film a three hour documentary (one hour segments) on the Sykes' project. So it is of no concern if it gets published in a journal because he is publishing regardless of a journal acceptance of the work. The issue that has brought this to a matter of interest is the historic record of Bigfoot interbreeding with humans such as Zana and there are other examples of such from multiple tribes of indigenous people. Bigfootology does not take sides on the human or ape theory of Bigfoot, we all have our opinions but we recognize that DNA analysis will finally put it to rest not a subjective opinion from any of us or our own theoretical biases. We are patient as the answers will come. I wish that were the case with everyone, but people want something to fight over and to be proven correct. Bigfootology does not care about all of that, we only care that the truth, whatever that may be, comes out and is established.

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    1. Thanks for this additional information Rhettman. You continue to help shape this story and give it context.

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    2. If this is true, I am so excited!! A book on this project (especiallly if they get some actual Bigfoot DNA) would make a great Christmas gift!!

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    3. "The issue that has brought this to a matter of interest is the historic record of Bigfoot interbreeding with humans such as Zana and there are other examples of such from multiple tribes of indigenous people."


      Excuse me, but the "issue that brought this to a matter of interest" is a Texas veterinarian. The Zana story, as well as aboriginal American stories, have been around for a century and a half or more. The Texas vet essentially forced science to get up off their asses and act.

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  3. I am still looking, but I cannot find any recent publication in a peer-reviewed journal. This is the only one I have found:

    Nature 342, 485 (30 November 1989); doi:10.1038/342485a0


    Ancient bone DNA amplified


    ERIKA HAGELBERG, BRYAN SYKES & ROBERT HEDGES

    Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
    Research Laboratory for Archaeology, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX13QJ, UK

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  4. Perhaps these:

    Macaulay, V., Richards, M., Hickey, E., Vega, E., Cruciani, F., Guida, V.,
    Scozzari, R., Bonne-Tamir, B., Sykes, B., and Torroni, A. (1999). The
    emerging tree of West Eurasian mtDNAs: A synthesis of control-region
    sequences and RFLPs. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 64, 232–249.

    . Bandelt, H.J., Forster, P., Sykes, B.C., and Richards, M.B. (1995).
    Mitochondrial portraits of human populations using median networks.
    Genetics 141, 743–753.

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  5. Okay, not this is the most recent:
    The Dual Origin of the Malagasy in Island Southeast Asia and East Africa: Evidence from Maternal and Paternal Lineages
    Matthew E. Hurles, Bryan C. Sykes, Mark A. Jobling, Peter Forster
    Am J Hum Genet. 2005 May; 76(5): 894–901. Published online 2005 March 25.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1199379/pdf/AJHGv76p894.pdf

    The American Journal of Human Genetics is a much more well respected journal than Nature.

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