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Skulls from Paracas demonstrating evidence of cranial deformation. Photo: © 2008 Marcin Tlustochowicz. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License.

No, Ancient Peruvians Didn’t Have Alien DNA

The alternative archaeology blogosphere has been abuzz this month with news that an anonymous geneticist—and I’m going to let that phrase sink in a little bit: an anonymous geneticist—claims through a third party to have performed tests on tissue found within some unusual elongated skulls found in Peru and determined based on mitochondrial DNA that, well…

“Whatever the sample labeled 3A has came from – it had mtDNA with mutations unknown in any human, primate or animal known so far. The data are very sketchy though and a LOT of sequencing still needs to be done to recover the complete mtDNA sequence. But a few fragments I was able to sequence from this sample 3A indicate that if these mutations will hold we are dealing with a new human-like creature, very distant from Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and Denisovans.. I am not sure it will even fit into the known evolutionary tree.”

Bad Archaeology’s Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews unpacks this brilliantly. The skulls themselves provide the most damning evidence against the alien DNA hypothesis: if you look at their facial structure, it’s clear that you’re dealing with anatomically modern humans. And if you’re familiar with the history of body modification, you know that the unique Paracas skull shape usually suggests evidence of head binding. So why would alien mitochondrial DNA be found in bones that happen to be identical to those of of ancient humans who practiced head binding? That would be like genetically reengineering humans from scratch so you could remove their wisdom teeth.

The results of head binding, shown here, resemble those found in the Paracas skulls. Photo: © 2013 Didier Descouens. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.

The results of head binding, shown here, resemble those found in the Paracas skulls. Photo: © 2013 Didier Descouens. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.

And if the mitochondrial DNA testing is valid, why would a legitimate geneticist refuse to go public with it? Maybe because we discover mtDNA that doesn’t fit on the evolutionary tree all the time in degraded samples; that’s usually how we know they’ve degraded.

It’s good to keep an open mind—but there’s absolutely nothing here that suggests anything more than body modification and degraded tissue samples. We’re going to need to find our aliens somewhere else.

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  • maxruben

    Not suggesting alien involvement, but…
    Head binding can alter the shape but not the volume of the skull.
    Head binding can not remove the sagittal suture between the parietal bone.

  • eddi

    From the original article is seems Brien Foerster is trying to raise money for a DNA test to confirm his beliefs. Not necessarily the facts. A little free publicity never hurts in these cases.

  • JCM

    wrong These skulls do have a sagittal suture and all the other features shared with normal skulls. they are simply deformed to the extreme

  • JCM

    According to who? This is why no on can take this kind of thing seriously. There is never any reference to sources.

  • maxruben

    Normal human to the left, elongated skull to the right.

  • anonomyssy

    Too hot a topic to remain anonymous and hide the evidence. Sorry…go public or go home and shut up…but how do they stretch the head THAT far, the photo above isn’t as long as the skull…you only have so much bone, so how did they get it that big??

  • joe wolfe

    I take this very seriously. And my research all points in the same direction. Plus I have a personal well known friend who just got back from South America and Peru, where these elongated skulls are known to come from. And the differences between them and regular skulls is very interesting. The skull cap is different and how would you explain 25% more room in them. Tribes that have mimicked this by banding, have elongated their head but there is still the same amount of space in the cranium when they started. And this reference is also in other ancient civilizations on other continents. Now I do not know who brought this out, but friends of mine who actually used to be a team leader for MUFON. And if she gets excited I know there might be something to this.

  • Michelle Birchfield Yates

    That is my thoughts as well. Ancient peoples trying to immolate beings they adore or worship. The head binding example is not as long and it shows signs of being bound. The skulls being much longer show no signs of binding.

  • Rick The Explorer

    You are thinking of the Starchild Skull, not Paracus.