Jul 27, 2016 I Paul Seaburn

New DNA Tests On Paracas Skulls Yield Unexpected Results

Before you go running off screaming with your ears covered, this story is not about aliens with big skulls, hybrid humans, giants or how cultures create elongated skulls. It’s about DNA tests reportedly conducted recently on the Paracas elongated skulls of Peru … tests that yielded some unexpected results on what may be the true origin of them. And yes, it’s on Earth.

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Paracas skulls on display at Museo Regional de Ica in Ica, Peru

Anytime a headline contains words like “Changes Known History!” over a picture of elongated skulls, the skeptic meter dials up to 11. That was the case with a recent article on the Ancient Origins website about a new round of DNA tests performed on a few of the more than 300 famous skulls found in 1928 in a graveyard in Paracas.

Previous DNA tests conducted in 2014 reported that the skulls allegedly had mitochondrial DNA (DNA inherited from the mother only) “with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far.” The new tests were reportedly conducted on powdered bone from holes drilled in three skulls and from four hair samples. The tests were said to have been conducted by three independent (and unnamed) labs that did not know where the samples came from.

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Paracas skull with hair

What was the “This changes everything!” discovery that these labs supposedly found? The DNA in the 2,000-year-old samples came from Europe and Mesopotamia, especially Syria. What does this change? Nothing yet. It’s long been accepted that the Americas were first populated by humans who crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Russia The idea that humans from Europe and Mesopotamia also made the crossing is not that farfetched. Does it mean that Europeans and Middle Easterners may have sailed to South America far earlier than thought? That’s a dot far too distant to connect to with these alleged DNA results.

Then there the DNA tests themselves. The report does not identify the scientists who extracted the DNA nor the labs conducting the tests. It does reassure that they wore “full protective clothing” to prevent contamination. The article has no scientific references and only quotes L.A. Marzulli, author of The Nephilim Trilogy, and Brien Foerster from Hidden Inca Tours who tones things down a bit with his comment:

If these results hold, the history of the migration of people to the Americas is far more complex than we have been told previously.

Will they hold? More details on the DNA tests and those conducting them are obviously required. Additional analysis by researchers and archeologists other than Marzulli and Foerster would help. More questions on how these people got there need to be addressed. While disappointing to those hoping for a more alien result, at least this speculation on the origin of the skulls is interesting and thought-provoking without focusing on the shape.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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