reply to post by jd140
To address your first point, I think you might be right. I started to think "well, what if it's a silicon and faux fur composite or something. If
it's a hoax, and someone thought otherwise and really wanted it tested, could they even test for DNA? I would assume the result would come up as "no
match." That could go both ways, with what it suggests." It's also possible that it was just a bad sample. That happens really often. It could be a
cat or something simple with a bad sample.
I know that many scientists will not lie about DNA testing. I've seen numerous shows on Bigfoot or other cryptids where the lab guys go "Hey, sorry,
would have been cool, but this is simply human hair..." or some other simple explanation. You're right, there's no way to know for sure.
Maybe there really wasn't any DNA to match. If they found a new species, it should still have DNA similar to present species. For example, they could
have used DNA-DNA Hybridization.
DNA-DNA hybridization generally refers to a molecular biology technique that measures the degree of genetic similarity between pools of DNA sequences.
It is usually used to determine the genetic distance between two species. When several species are compared that way, the similarity values allow the
species to be arranged in a phylogenetic tree; it is therefore one possible approach to carrying out molecular systematics.
If it's from another planet, it's possible that they're trying to cover it up. But, aside from all my personal beliefs on that issue, I think that
if this was the case the show wouldn't have been able to present any information on the topic, and that all evidence anywhere about this specimen
If it's simply a new species and they are running tests, they probably want to run multiple tests to be sure. And they are probably trying to find
another specimen of the same species.
Loren Coleman has some well-worded and excellent info from senior biologist and professor of zoology Whit Gibbons. I chopped it a tad for space, you
can see the whole thing at the link: www.cryptomundo.com...
The first step in discovering a new species is knowing which species have already been discovered.
To recognize that a species is new, you must be an expert in a particular taxonomic group. The scientists describing the new species had to be
familiar with the particular taxonomic group and know the characteristics of every known species in the world.
...the use of DNA and other genetic analyses has brought greater definition to the relationships among species, so a plant or animal once thought to
be a single species may be redefined as two or more.
...The 2003 description used genetic evidence along with morphological traits to distinguish two species that were already known to be distinct.
Genetic analyses were also used this past year to confirm the discovery of a new species of lizard in the rainforests of Borneo. ...This was a species
of lizard never before seen by scientists. They used DNA analyses to determine who its closest lizard relative is, which turns out to be a distantly
related lizard from the Philippines.
I think it would be the last one, if they're trying to identify a new species. If it's something groundbreaking, they may be waiting for more
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