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Alleged Bigfoot footage has been recorded as part of a 5 year research project and has led at least one scientist to claim that the legendary creature is in fact real, and that the latest evidence provides absolute proof in Bigfoot' existence.
The team of researchers reportedly collected more than 100 pieces of evidence over the past five years to see if they could find proof of Bigfoot's existence. Now they have screened "never before seen HD video" of the alleged Bigfoot at a news conference in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday.
The video footage allegedly shows a sasquatch moving through wooded areas in Kentucky.
Leading the group of researchers in the project called the Sasquatch Genome Project, Dr. Melba Ketchum has been working on a $500,000 analysis of DNA samples from an unknown hominin species.
Dr. Ketchum has confirmed that the research was a "serious study" looking into the existence of Bigfoot, and he believes that its conclusions are that the legendary Sasquatch actually exists in North America.
He has claimed that it is a human relative that arose approximately 13,000 years ago.
"They're a type of people, they're a human-hybrid, we believe. And all of the DNA evidence points to that. And they can elude us, so if you get [footage] at all, it can be fleeting," Ketchum told ABC affiliate WFAA.
In February he said, "We soon discovered that certain hair samples — which we would later identify as purported Sasquatch samples — had unique morphology distinguishing them from typical human and animal samples."
He added, "Those hair samples that could not be identified as known animal or human were subsequently screened using DNA testing, beginning with sequencing of mitochondrial DNA followed by sequencing nuclear DNA to determine where these individuals fit in the 'tree of life'."
The researchers purport to have found a total of 111 specimens of purported Sasquatch hair, blood, skin, and other tissue types.
At Tuesday's press conference, Dennis Pfoul, the group's project manager, said, "We've all had experiences that have changed our lives, I mean, literally shook the foundation of what we believe in."
However, the study has not convinced others, and Todd R. Disotell, a professor at the Department of Anthropology at New York University, told ABC News that the new research is nonsense.
"It's just a joke," he said. "She is a laughing stock of people that are of a community that are already kind of wacko."
He said, "This was not reported in any scientific way whatsoever. It's complete junk science, and then she misinterprets it. She hasn't published in peer-reviewed papers on this stuff. I don't know how this got put together."