Friday, March 23, 2018

Alien or Human?

             In the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, a rumor began about someone discovering a tiny mummified alien about twenty years ago. The skeleton was only six inches long, but was complete with hardened teeth, ten ribs, giant eye sockets, and a pointed skull. The remains were studied privately as the rumors continued. DNA testing was ran on the bones of the remains and the findings were that she was human and belonged to the local population. She had a group of mutations in her bone development genes that suggested she had a hereditary disorder that was never documented in humans. DNA samples were sent to a Stanford University immunologist and he concurred that the DNA sample was human DNA.

            DNA samples break down into fragments that become smaller and smaller over time. The sample’s DNA fragments were larger, which suggested that she is less than 500 years old. The bones found were developed to the equivalence of a six-year-old, although only the size of a pen. Many of the mutations found were linked to disorders such as scoliosis and dwarfism, but many were not linked and new to science. This skeleton was likely the product of a stillborn birth. Currently, stillborn babies are not studied for physical appearances and their DNA is not tested, which could help in building a database of genetic factors that may contribute to this.

Article: Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange

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