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sasquatch dna!!! not so fast, pardner

 If this had been published in that august journal, The Onion, it would have fitted right in. It would certainly make more sense if today was April 1. I mean, really (& hat-tip, as usual, to PZ)...

A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch", living in North America. Researchers' extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.

What should we make of this? Surely it screams 'lab contamination', particularly given that the purported Sasquatch has 100% human mtDNA but a real mishmash of supposed nuclear DNA..But also, methinks that someone has been reading altogether too much of the works of Danny Vendramini

But also: apparently the nuclear DNA includes 'non-ape' sequences. The DNA sample supposedly came from - wait for it - a blueberry bagel from someone's backyard

Actually, I find it hard to believe that anyone working in science could seriously suggest a blueberry bagel as a reliable source of Bigfoot DNA.  The word 'hoax' springs to mind (&, I'm glad to see, it's not only my mind that the idea is bouncing around in.)

 

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