Rick Dyer has another Bigfoot in a freezer! I know you are all probably LOLing at that one, but this time, it may be a real Bigfoot. I reported earlier that Minnow Films of the UK was filming a documentary on Bigfoot hunters with Dyer on September 6, 2012 when Dyer shot cellphone video lasting 1.2 seconds of a Bigfoot eating meat out of a bait trap in a tree. Dyer was in his tent. In the next tent was a BBC film crew with two cameramen with shoulder-mounted cameras. At the same time, the film crew captured a 3 minute video of the same Bigfoot eating from the bait trap. After Dyer recognized there was a Bigfoot at the bait trap, he ran out of the tent, clad only in his underwear, carrying a rifle.
At that time, Dyer raised up his rifle and shot the Bigfoot in the back of the head. At that point, all Hell broke loose as the crew wrestled the rifle away from Dyer.
Shades of the initial reports of Smeja Sierra Kills shootings where the JE was said to have taken the rifle away from Smeja after he shot the baby Bigfoot, stating, “If you shoot another one of those things, I will shoot you.” Subsequent reports cast doubt on that account. We have also heard other reports of hunters who had Bigfoots in their sights and were prevented from shooting by their fellow hunters.
At any rate, at that time, it was too late, as the shot to back of the head killed the male Bigfoot. The shooting was caught on film by the film crew. The Bigfoot’s measurements were 7’8 tall and 490 pounds, a bit on the small side for a male Bigfoot. Measurements and weighting were done postmortem.
Additional supportive proof, including a photo of what appears to be a dead Bigfoot from the scene, is available and has been examined by investigators. In addition, in the Camper Video, the videographer pans down to the floor of his tent at one point and one can see a rifle on the floor there.
A few days after the shooting, the film crew reportedly threw Dyer out of the movie for some unknown reason.
Minnow Films retained possession of the body, and they farmed out its storage to a third party. It is not known what arrangements were made between Minnow and Dyer regarding possession of the body. Apparently Minnow Films has some proprietary interest in this whole affair. At any rate, the plan is to release the body only after the documentary comes out at the Tribeca Film Festival in mid April of 2013.
Update on Sykes Study replicating Ketchum results. I reported earlier that the Dr. Brian Sykes Bigfoot DNA study out of Oxford had replicated the results from Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA out of Texas. A source close to the Ketchum study stated that Sykes agrees with Ketchum that there is a new hominid in North America, but disagrees on its origins.
That report was from comments in an article on Time.com by a woman with the handle “icicle,” a former fashion model and poster on Bigfoot Forums. Based on her postings, she appears to be deep in with the Ketchum team. She knows things about Ketchum and her project that even I was not aware of. If you want to know how she learned of this information, people should contact the poster “icicle” herself.
Later, Dr. Jeff Meldrum put in a call to Sykes to ask for confirmation about this rumor. Sykes stated that he has not even begun testing samples yet. However, in a post on Bigfoot Lunch Club, Rhettman Mullis said that based on preliminary testing, Sykes samples were testing “not human.” I don’t know what that is supposed to mean. It could mean many things I suppose.
Report on juvenile Bigfoot mindspeaking to Justin Smeja may be in error. I reported earlier that during the shootings of the Sierra Kills, Smeja reported that the juvenile Bigfoot mindspoke to him as it died in his arms. However, Smeja says that that is an old rumor taken out of context. The source I got it from said that Smeja has been going around telling people this, but they thought that he may have been saying it as a joke. At any rate, at the moment, there is no good evidence that the juvey Bigfoot mindspoke to Smeja after he shot it.
Confusion about the beginnings of the Ketchum study. Ketchum has reported that her study began with a sample from Josh Gates Yeti expedition. The sample was said to be Yeti hair from Bhutan. The sample gave an unusual result, and that unusual result is what set off the Ketchum DNA study. There has been a lot of confusion about what this report was.
The report was an initial, quick and dirty, DNA test looking at male-female peaks (not sure what that means). Humans have male-female peaks that look something like Male 108, Female 113, just to give an example. The Bigfoots test out close to humans, but a bit differently, say Male 106, Female 115 (rough example). The Yeti sample, when compared later to Bigfoot male-female peaks, looks similar to both the human and Bigfoot samples, but closer to the Bigfoot sample.
Though not confirmatory, this suggests that Yetis exist in the Himalayas and are related to Bigfoots. Further testing is needed to confirm these results. The Yeti sample was all used up by Melba during testing. Its results will not be included in the upcoming journal paper.
Ketchum interviewed on a radio show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Erickson rehabilitated for Ketchum Study, suggestion of proof of relict hominids in Russia. In an interesting 30 minute interview, Ketchum praised Adrian Erickson and Wally Hersom for kicking off the study. She is basically laying the success of the study at Hersom, Erickson and herself. That’s nice of her. It looks like Erickson is being brought back into the study and rehabilitated after all.
In addition, Ketchum said that the Igor Burtsev leak was for another paper that she is writing for a Russian journal. That paper apparently deals with Bigfoot type creatures in Russia known as Chuchunaa, Yetis or Almas. Ketchum stated that these hominids definitely exist in Russia, at least in Siberia and the Caucasus. This suggests that she has some sort of confirmatory evidence of their existence in the form of DNA tested biological evidence from Russia.
Linda Sedlak reports that Ketchum study is through peer review and is in line awaiting publication. I know that Linda is pretty tight with the Ketchum folks, so she may be onto something here. Ketchum’s statement, “Weeks not months,” referring to publication of her paper, adds supportive evidence here.
Ape theorists sticking to their guns. I really don’t know why they are doing this, but the huge number of Bigfooters who went along with the ape theory are sticking to their guns that Bigfoots are non-human apes as opposed to hominin or hominid apes. I really don’t know why they are being so sensitive about this, but Bigfooting is all about ego, ego and ego. Egotistical, extroverted folks simply never like to admit that they were wrong.
There really was a debate along these lines, and to some extent it continues. The Ape Crowd says that Bigfoots were apes along the lines of Gigantopithecus. When I first started blogging about Bigfoots about 1 1/2 years ago, I was an Ape Guy. You can still see the remains of this as all of my Bigfoot posts are under Mammals – Apes – Bigfoot. It took me some time to figure out that they are not apes at all but instead they are people like us.
The Ape Theory says that Bigfoot is a non-hominid ape or primate probably descended from Gigantopithecus. This theory has never made sense for so many reasons that are now becoming apparent, but all of the major researchers for some time back have been sidetracked onto this theoretical dead end.
First of all, the only apes that developed bipedalism at all were the hominins, the Homo line, which includes Australopithecines. None of the other lines, the chimps, the gorillas and certainly the orangutans which Giganto was related to, ever developed bipedalism. There’s no evidence that Giganto was a biped; in fact, evidence seems to be that he was a gigantic quadrupedal orangutan.
The Human Theory takes various forms, but generally they said that Bigfoots were in the Homo line and were not non-Homo apes. In its extreme form, this is found in the Forest People and David Paulides versions which seem to say that Bigfoots are simply weird versions of H.s.s. like us. That does not seem to be the case.
The Ape People, instead of admitting they were wrong as I am doing in this post, are obfuscating the whole debate by saying that H.s.s. are apes anyway. In other words, there never was an Ape versus Human debate. But there was, and to say there was not is a dodge and attempt to avoid admitting that they were wrong.
The problem all along has been the anthropomorphism, so to speak, to which we apply all of our Homo ancestors. We see this in reconstructions of our Homo ancestors in which at least most of them tend to look like slightly less metrosexual versions of Homo sapiens sapiens (H.s.s.) or us. There’s really no evidence that this is the case. There is even scant evidence that our Homo ancestors were hairless. Perhaps they were hairy.
There is a man named Vendramini in Italy who has produced a theory of Neandertals are vicious, hairy, ape like brutes who slaughtered humans and ate them. Go look up his videos on Youtube and look at them. Denisovans, Heidelbergensis and Erectus may well have been hairy instead of hairless. Homo floresiensis, if recent accounts of Ebu Gogos are to be believed, were covered in hair.
Indeed, H.s.s. may have been the first of the Homo line to be hairless. Who knows?
That the Bigfoots display a lot of apey characteristics may be easily explained by the fact that our Homo ancestors may well have been much more apey than we think they were. If Bigfoot is Heidelbergensis, perhaps Heidelbergensis were pretty apey fellows. I think we really need to get away from viewing our Homo ancestors are somewhat more rugged and individualistic versions of ourselves and instead see them as the apey types that they may well have been. This may be the solution to the puzzle.
This post will be updated today as more news comes in…