In 2017 a discovery in Peru blew its researchers away when they discovered the perplexing remains of an ancient civilisation. The dig had was held to search for three hidden tombs in Peru but no one involved could have guessed the full scope of what they would be unearthing. Not only were the tombs discovered but so were the mummified remains of 20 individuals.
And they were unlike anything found before.
Pictures show that the mummies are human-like in that they have a head, arms, legs etc. But the shape of the head and perhaps most distinctively, the strange three-fingered hands left the researchers scratching their head. Weirder still, their discoverer claimed to have glimpsed live versions of the creatures fleeing the tombs when he first approached, but initial scans seemed to show that one of the mummies
Since then the mummies have attracted a lot of attention. Not only have certain scientists argued that the find confirms the existence of aliens on Earth in ancient times—a particularly popular idea in films and amongst certain scientists—but the mummies have also brought out a lot of people calling them fake. Not only did Peruvian scientists denounce the find as a disrespectful abuse of human remains, but many internet users took one look at the photos and immediately declared them poor fakes.
Well, DNA results are in and the good news for mystery lovers is this: the bodies are real. The DNA confirmed that the mummies were once living breathing beings who lived somewhere between 200-400AD. The bad news for alien lovers? The DNA showed these beings were human. Specifically, the one tested was a male human. However, the DNA tests performed were essentially the quick and dirty kind. They checked a few genetic markers and that allows researchers to say these mummies belonged to the same order as us, but scientists know that there were the Neanderthals, the Denisovans, the homo floresiensis (otherwise known as the hobbit), and others! So was this a normal human born with deformity, or perhaps an undiscovered species of human, or will further DNA tests reveal even more startling news?
Well, we guess we’ll have to wait to find out.