The Biggest Junk Science of 2013

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#3. Bigfoot DNA Sequenced

In the past, all Bigfoot believers had were blurry videos and long-distance photos. But that all changed this past February when forensic scientists in Texas claimed that they had sequenced Sasquatch's DNA!

"The data conclusively proves that the Sasquatch exist as an extant hominin and are a direct maternal descendant of modern humans," the team wrote in a paper published to a brand new journal they founded themselves.

Careful analysis spearheaded by John Timmer at Ars Technica would later wholly refute their assertion. The samples the team worked on were seriously contaminated. They were not from a mythical ape creature but more likely from various animal sources.

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