There have been multiple articles, videos, radio shows and mentions on TV about the Peruvian Paracas skulls. You may have seen some of the articles with titles such as “Initial DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skull released – with incredible results” from the Ancient Origins website and “These Ancient Elongated Skulls Are NOT HUMAN” from a website called The Truth.
The alien hybrid claims
Brien Foerster convinced Juan Navarro Hierro, owner and director of the Paracas History Museum, to take samples from 5 skulls, consisting of hair, a tooth, skull bone and skin. It’s claimed that the process was carefully documented via photos and video. The photos and video have not been released.
Foerster stated in an interview with Examiner: “The initial samples I sent were bone, skin and hair from five elongated skulls, and unfortunately they were contaminated with bacterial DNA.” and goes on to say “I sent, and will send more molar teeth to him, which are perfect for testing, since the DNA is safely protected in the pulp in the interior of each tooth.”
According to Foerster the results of the DNA analysis came in and he reported: “It had mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far. But a few fragments I was able to sequence from this sample indicate that if these mutations will hold we are dealing with a new human-like creature, very distant from Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and Denisovans.”
Brien Foerster has no known qualifications or experience in biology or genetics. However, Foerster sent the samples to Lloyd Pye to examine. Lloyd Pye wasn’t a geneticist either, but he started the Starchild Project in 1999 to examine an enlarged skull. Before receiving the samples, Pye was convinced that the skull was a human-alien hybrid for many years, suggesting he is perhaps the most biased person to send the samples to. It’s said that Pye’s geneticist, unnamed, is studying the samples.
It was thought that Melba Ketchum was the geneticist behind the results. While not qualified as a geneticist, she runs her own genetics lab and has been coauthor on several published papers, but never the lead author. Her lab previously had an “F” rating by the Better Business Bureau due to a variety of complaints, tax issues and lost client contracts. Long story short, she was involved in multiple Bigfoot hoaxes including the most popular of which was supposed to be proof of Bigfoot DNA, almost 3 months later the “study” was released in a new journal registered to herself and could only be accessed after purchase, it was later dismissed by various geneticists.
When it was suggested that the geneticist was Ketchum, Foerster stated on a facebook post that: “These results are not from Melba Ketchum; she has other samples.” This leaves us with no indication to who the geneticist in question is, or if Foerster is just lying in an attempt to retain a shred of credibility, even though he has stated that she is working with other samples of the skulls.
Foerster released a book on the topic called “The Enigma of Cranial Deformation: Elongated Skulls of the Ancients” where he claims you can find more information on the DNA analysis. In reality the book is akin to a summary of his theory about the skulls.
Summary of The Claims
There have been no studies released about the DNA of these skulls. Brien Foerster apparently sent samples to an unknown geneticist, who apparently told him that the DNA is not human, after it had been admitted that most of the samples were contaminated. Foerster then tells the world the results are in and that they are alien hybrid skulls. But you have to buy his book to find out more.
The Paracas Skulls
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There are multiple reasons why the skulls may be large and misshapen, but it is generally considered as fact that artificial cranial deformation was at least somewhat commonly practiced in a number of cultures, including Peru. The practice still occurs in a few places today, such as Vanuatu. Photos of people with artificial cranial deformities are not hard to find. No statistical difference in cranial capacity has been found between artificially deformed skulls and normal skulls in Peruvian samples.
Why you should be skeptical of the recent genetic testing done on the Paracas skulls— and it’s not for the reason you might think.
Yesterday, I wrote an article about a set of genetic tests done on a sample from one of the famous elongated Paracas skulls, which are 3,000 years old and were found in southern Peru. The basic news was this: some genetic tests had found DNA in the skulls that was reportedly previously “unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far.” The implication, helped by the distinctly B-movie “alien” appearance of the skulls, was that the skulls must contain extraterrestrial DNA. Scientists and archaeologists generally believe that the skulls’ strange appearance is the result of intentional deformation practiced by the Paracas culture.
I saw this story floating around in the paranormal blogosphere for a few days before I decided to report on it. I ignored it, frankly, until it was picked up by Yahoo! and the International Business Times, as well as a few smaller news sources around the world. So I wrote a short article, mostly because it was a silly story that was fun to write about after a morning of writing about human trafficking and illegal gold mining.
But I find this story really, really irritating. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the alien part of this story that bothers me. I believe in the possibility of aliens. More than anything, it bothers me that established news sites apparently failed to do even cursory research on the background of the story before publishing it.
The desert peninsula of Paracas is located on the southern coast of one of South America’s most enigmatic countries: Peru. It is there, in this barren landscape where Peruvian archeologist Julio Tello made one of the most mysterious discoveries in 1928. During excavations, Tello uncovered a complex and sophisticated graveyard under the harsh soil of the Paracas desert.
In the enigmatic tombs, Tello discovered a set of controversial human remains that would forever change how we look at our ancestor and our origins. The bodies in the tombs had some of the largest elongated skulls ever discovered on the planet, called the Paracas skulls. The Peruvian archeologist discovered over 300 mysterious skulls which are believed to be at least around 3000 years old.
As if the shape of the skulls wasn’t mysterious enough, a recent DNA analysis performed on some of the skulls presented some of the most enigmatic and incredible results that challenge everything we know about the origin and human evolutionary tree.
While several cultures around the globe practices skull deformation (elongation), the techniques used were different, meaning the results were also not the same. There are certain South American tribes that used to ‘bind infants skulls’ in order to change their shape, resulting in a drastically elongated cranial shape that resembled anything but ordinary humans. By applying constant pressure over a long period of time with the use of pieces of mood, the ancient tribes would achieve a cranial deformation which can also be found in ancient cultures from Africa. However, while this type of cranial deformation changed the shape of the skull, it did not alter the size, weight or cranial volume, all of which are characteristic traits of regular human skulls.
This is where the details about the Paracas skulls gets interesting. The Paracas skulls are anything but ordinary. The cranium of the Paracas skulls is are least 25 % larger and up to 60% heavier than the skulls of regular human beings. Researchers firmly believe that these traits could not have been achieved through head bindings as some scientists suggest. Not only are they different in weight, the Paracas skulls are also structurally different and only have one parietal plate while ordinary humans have two.
These strange characteristics have further deepened the decade-old mystery surrounding the Paracas skulls and researchers still have no idea what they were in the past.
The director of the Paracas Museum of History sent five samples of the Paracas skulls to undergo genetic testing, and the results were mesmerizing. The samples which consisted of hair, skin teeth and some fragments of cranial bones gave incredible details that have fueled the mystery surrounding these anomalous skulls. The genetic laboratory to where the samples were sent was not informed of the origin of the skulls in order to avoid ‘influenced results’.
Interestingly, the mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited from the mother, showed mutations that were unknown to any man, primate or animal found on planet Earth. The mutations present in the samples of the Paracas skulls suggest that researchers were dealing with a completely new ‘human-like being’, very different from Homo sapiens, Neanderthals or Denisovans.
Brien Foerster reported the following on the geneticist’s findings:
It had mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far. But a few fragments I was able to sequence from this sample indicate that if these mutations will hold we are dealing with a new human-like creature, very distant from Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, and Denisovans.
According to reports, the individuals from the Paracas skulls were so biologically different that it would have been impossible for humans and them to ‘interbreed’. “I am not sure it will even fit into the known evolutionary tree,” the geneticist wrote.
Who were these mysterious beings? Did they evolve separately on Earth? What caused them to have such drastic differences from ordinary humans? And is it possible that these beings are actually not from Earth? All of these possibilities are theories that cannot be overruled given the current testing. The only thing that we know so far is that there are many things out there that go far beyond the understanding of researchers, historians, and scientists. It is possible that after all, the question of whether we are alone in the universe can be answered thanks to the Paracas skulls.