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Sequencing the Squatch

Genetic testing firm DNA Diagnostics claims to have sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and three whole nuclear genomes from the hirsute North American creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

According to a press release issued by the company, sequencing "purported Sasquatch hair samples" revealed that the beast "is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens."

Specifically, they say, Sasquatch mtDNA is "identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species."

The lead researcher on the study, Melba Ketchum, goes so far as to call on public officials "to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people" and to recognize their constitutional rights.

The company says that a paper on the findings is currently under peer review. We eagerly await the publication.

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