Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

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Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Austin Harper » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:09 pm

The New York Times wrote:
Nearly two decades ago, the rumors began: In the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, someone had discovered a tiny mummified alien.

An amateur collector exploring a ghost town was said to have come across a white cloth in a leather pouch. Unwrapping it, he found a six-inch-long skeleton.

Despite its size, the skeleton was remarkably complete. It even had hardened teeth. And yet there were striking anomalies: it had ten ribs instead of the usual 12, giant eye sockets and a long skull that ended in a point.

Ata, as the remains came to be known, ended up in a private collection, but the rumors continued, fueled in part by a U.F.O. documentary in 2013 that featured the skeleton. On Thursday, a team of scientists presented a very different explanation for Ata — one without aliens, but intriguing in its own way.

Ata’s bones contain DNA that not only shows she was human, but that she belonged to the local population. What’s more, the researchers identified in her DNA a group of mutations in genes related to bone development.
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by scrmbldggs » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:46 pm

Amazing! Issitrue? (Checks date - not April 1st yet...) I wonder if the deformation of the head came "after the fact"?
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Post by OlegTheBatty » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:01 pm

It has human DNA, in the same population group where it was found. They claim that proves it wasn't an alien, but I say it proves that aliens had human DNA similar to the folks in that region.

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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by scrmbldggs » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:05 pm

Cue georgie and True Facts about interbreeding™. :roll:
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by ElectricMonk » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:19 pm

Definitely alien.
Probably still alive.
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Post by OlegTheBatty » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:34 pm

Ooooh! A zombie alien! Cool.
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Matthew Ellard » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:14 pm

The "six inch alien" was already debunked on the forum in 2013.
https://www.skepticforum.com/viewtopic. ... ilit=greer

Back then, I first noticed that it was painted using an airbrush and had black polyfilla or Plasticine showing into its throat and gaps and then sprayed in flat varnish. I originally thought it was a modified 1/6 scale plastic model skeleton from Aurora Models. However it had DNA and that obviously meant it was organic.

The six inch alien was purchased by a UFO con artist called Stephen Greer and he made it the centrepiece evidence for his movie Sirius.

[bbvideo=560,315]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C_-HLD21hA[/bbvideo]

However the story fell apart as the actual DNA was analysed. Stephen Greer always knew it was a fake when he bought it in Spain. The "six inch alien" had already been used as "evidence" on a Spanish UFO show in 2004 but I could not find a copy to compare the imagery. The question was whether Greer spray painted the mummified baby and added the polyfilla. :D

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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by gorgeous » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:19 pm

they lie...not human
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Matthew Ellard » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:20 pm

gorgeous wrote:they lie...not human
It has human DNA,you complete idiot. That's what this thread is about. :lol:

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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Austin Harper » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:28 pm

scrmbldggs wrote:Cue georgie and True Facts about interbreeding™. :roll:
gorgeous wrote:they lie...not human
10 points to scrmbldggs
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:37 pm

Gee, I didn't see that coming.
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by TJrandom » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:30 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Gee, I didn't see that coming.
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Monster » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:15 pm

gorgeous wrote:they lie...not human
You forgot to say:

Checkmate, skeptics!

I'll say it for you.

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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Gord » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:48 am

...While Dr. Nolan began the project as “a lark,” he believes the evidence now requires that the mummy be returned to Chile for proper treatment as human remains.

“One has to respect these things,” he said.
And now we have one more reason why UFOnuts won't accept the evidence: They won't want to give it up.
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Lance Kennedy » Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:51 am

It was a still born baby. As previously said, the DNA was clearly human. From South America. Apparently it is a medical curiosity, since it had at least three harmful mutations in the DNA, explaining why it was deformed, and also why it did not survive.

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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by ElectricMonk » Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:58 am

...so not a failed attempt at making jerky?

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Post by Gord » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:16 am

Why failed? It looks pretty jerkified from here.
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Post by ElectricMonk » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:21 am

Yeah, but if it tasted great, we could probably get way more anti-abortionists to become pro-choice.
I assume that was the goal of the original mummification.

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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by OlegTheBatty » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:43 pm

I don't think it was made on purpose. If it was, the body portion would have an ink tube so you could use it as a pen; and the top bit would be a cigarette lighter with the skull holding the lighter fluid.
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Austin Harper » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:58 pm

Update:
The New York Times wrote:
Days after researchers announced that a tiny mummy once rumored to be an alien was actually a human infant, Chilean scientists condemned the new study as unethical and their government began an investigation into grave robbing.

The Chilean National Monuments Council, a government agency, said in an email Tuesday that it had initiated an inquiry into whether the little girl’s remains were illegally exhumed in 2003 and smuggled out of the country. The council has turned over its records to the Public Ministry of Chile in response to the outcry from Chilean researchers. They contended that the grave site was plundered and the mummified skeleton was stolen, violating the country’s laws.
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Re: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien?

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:00 am

They needed the parents' consent?
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