DALLAS — A team of Sasquatch researchers screened what it called "never before seen HD video" of Bigfoot on Tuesday.
During a news conference, they played several short clips that purported to show various human-like, hairy figures moving about in wooded areas in Kentucky.
The group — led by Dr. Melba Ketchum, a trained veterinarian who founded her own genetics research company — has been collecting data and evidence or the past five years. Their effort is known as The Sasquatch Genome Project.
"This was a serious study," Ketchum said of the program that they said cost $500,000 to complete.
The exclusive footage came from a similar effort dubbed The Erickson Project, which was led by Adrian Erickson. That group said it captured the "definitive video and DNA evidence from the elusive Sasquatch."
"Researcher Dennis Pfohl... personally captured video and collected DNA samples from Sasquatch individuals," the Erickson group said in a written statement.
During Tuesday's news conference, they played several clips — most of them very short and grainy — that they say is video evidence helping to prove that Bigfoot is real.
According to the group, footage captured in Kentucky in 2005 shows a female Sasquatch sleeping. An extended version of the video is expected to be released in a future documentary.
"We've all had experiences that changed our lives," said Pfohl, the Colorado-based researcher. He said that's what has driven him to try and prove what he knows is out there.
However, relatively rare sightings and a skeptical public mean the group of scientists has an uphill battle in proving their belief.