04 July 2014

One tiny step for credibility of a new journal

After over a year of existence, the journal DeNovo has still not published a second article. Its single article remains a paper on sasquatch DNA (Ketchum et al. 2013) that has not convinced the scientific community. However, DeNovo can now claim at least one small step towards something resembling credibility.

It’s been cited.

It’s in a new paper by Sykes and colleagues (2014) about DNA claimed to be from sasquatch, yeti, and other unknown species. However, it’s not a positive citation. Sykes and colleagues find no evidence consistent with the claim by Ketchum and colleagues (2013), which proposed sasquatch was a hybrid of different hominin species. More bluntly, Sykes and company find no evidence for anything unknown. Samples all track back to known, familiar species like bears.

(Sykes and company gets the title of the the DeNovo paper wrong, too.)

More on the new paper by Sykes and company by Grrl Scientist here.

No word on whether any of the samples came from the pictured Xcel Sports Nutrition bottle.


Ketchum MS., Wojtkiewicz PW, Watts AB, Spence DW, Holzenburg AK, Toler DG, Prychitko TM, Zhang F, Shoulders R, Smith R. 2013. Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes and Associated Studies. DeNovo 1: 1–15.

Sykes BC, Mullis RA, Hagenmuller C, Melton TW, Sartori M. 2014. Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281: in press. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0161

Related posts

Sasquatch DNA: new journal or vanity press?
How is De Novo doing?

External links

DNA analysis indicates Bigfoot may be a big fake

No comments: