An exploration of our Earth's ever-captivating fauna through musings on the bizarre side of Zoology, Cryptozoology, Paleontology, and Paleoanthropology

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Erickson Project Claims and Dubious Bigfoot Evidence

Painting portraying a sasquatch by Thomas Finley, titled "Night Giant."
Last Tuesday (October 1st), the Sasquatch Genome Project group held a press conference in Dallas Texas to screen alleged DNA results and never before seen footage as evidence for the existence of relict hominids in North America.1 Although you'd think that this should be good news for those interested in the question of mystery primates, I felt much uneasiness when I read about this. This was due to the fact that the claims being made seem to quite possibly be fraudulent, and I will briefly discuss why I feel this way in my writing here. Due to my feelings on this recent event, I have decided to write this article to try to debunk both the claim that this is strong evidence for the existence of bipedal primates in America and the claim that the whole of the "bigfoot community" feels that this is legitimate evidence. Several members of the Sasquatch Genome Project group were in attendance at the conference this Tuesday, most notably Adrian Erickson and Dr. Melba Ketchum. Melba Ketchum's claims have been discussed on this blog in the past, and I have already stated that many cryptozoological researchers including myself find her claims of DNA results quite dubious. Adrian Erickson was the founder of the Erickson Project, which had the objective of conducting the first long term study that would prove the existence of sasquatch.2 The project was started in 2005, and allegedly collected extensive video and physical evidence at various North American sites with a team consisting of Dennis Pfohl, Dr. Leila Hadj-Chikh, Randy Brisson, and Zoltan Bartha.2 Some of the alleged evidence collected by this team was exhibited at the Dallas news conference, and it is this that has caused raised eyebrows of suspicion among cryptozoological researchers, bigfoot skeptics, and laymen alike.