The governing body that assigns species names ZooBank, which is an adjunct to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature or ICZN, has accepted the registration request for the species name Homo sapiens cognatus. The request was made by Dr. Ketchum on behalf of the Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes and Associated Studies. Cognatus is from the Latin which means “related by blood.”
The Website Ghost Theory has the complete story, but here is an interesting excerpt from the article:
What does all of this mean? I contacted an expert and he had this to say:
In direct answer to your question: ZooBank and the ICZN
do not review evidence for the legitimacy of organisms to which names
are applied – that is outside out mandate, and is really the job of the
relevant taxonomic/biological community (in this case, primatologists)
to do that.
When H. s. cognatus was first registered, needless to say we received
a lot of inquiry about it. We scrutinized the original description and
registration of this name as best as we could, and as far as we can
determine, all the requirements for establishing the new name were
fulfilled. Thus, at the moment, we have no grounds to reject the
scientific name. This says NOTHING about the legitimacy of the taxon
concept – it’s just about whether the name was established according to
It is my hope that now Dr. Ketchum will be able to upload the 3 complete genomes to GenBank using this species name with out it being rejected because she does not have a "Privacy Release Form" for the owner of the DNA, a Sasquatch!
Having the genomes in Genbank would give the geneticists around the world the ability to examine and scrutinize the genomes. I fail to see how the scientific community and the critics can object to this happening and allowing a analysis of the genomes.
If the genomes are the result of a "hoax", "flawed processes", and "contamination" then is should be apparent and the opinions will be rendered as such. But if the genomes are legitimate it will be interesting to see the reaction, will the main stream scientist have the integrity to report the truth in this case or will they remain silent? In either case I say to Genbank accept the genomes and let the chips fall where they may.