Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tiny 'alien' skeleton: Atacama Humanoid has human DNA

Tiny 'alien' skeleton: Atacama Humanoid has human DNA, Update: The tiny "alien" skeleton found in the Chilean dessert a decade ago, has human DNA. Scientists say the six-inch skeleton dubbed the "Atacama Humanoid," is not proof that extraterrestrial life or ET exists as "Sirius" suggested. Is the South American mummified creature a mutation?

The mystery behind the mummified remains began 10 years ago when the small skeleton was found. Immediately, UFO enthusiasts and government conspiracy researchers claimed it was evidence of life beyond Earth, citing an April 30 NBCNews report.

Dr. Steven Greer, brains behind the "Sirius" documentary and founder of The Disclosure Project, looked into DNA sequencing of the tiny "alien" skeleton.

The PR around the film's trailer said in part "...but also the paradigm shifting physical evidence of a medically and scientifically analyzed DNA sequenced humanoid creature of unknown classification found in the Atacama desert, Chile."

Obviously, this gave believers in UFOs hope genetic evidence would prove alien life exists. However, one scientist claims the corpse found is likely a very rare human mutation.

Garry Nolan, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford School of Medicine, said this about the tiny alien skeleton in Chile:

"While the jury is out regarding the mutations that cause the deformity, and there is a real discrepancy in how we account for the apparent age of the bones, every nucleotide I've been able to look at is human. I've only scratched the surface in the analysis, but there is nothing that jumps out so far as to scream 'nonhuman.'"

The head of the tiny alien-like skeleton was shaped like a cone and the body had 10 intact ribs, unlike humans, which contain 12. Furthermore, nine percent of genetic points do not point to human origin. However, as Nolan points out, it could be due to contamination of the sample, degradation of the skeleton (it changed hands many times over the years) or lab limitations.

Nolan used mitochondrial genetic material, which showed the teensy skeleton had origins in South America. While the age is not known, it is likely the remains of a 10-year-old child, not a stillborn baby as previously thought. What's more, death likely occurred several decades ago, based on the condition of the bones.

While the little skeleton is likely not of alien origin, no one has fully ruled out the possibility. It all makes you wonder doesn't it?

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