Mummified remains allegedly found in an ancient Peruvian temple near the Nazca were reported to be non-human and maybe alien in origin, according to controverisal Russian researcher Konstantin Korotkov, who also claims he invented a camera that captures the human soul.
Korotkov, together with Natalya Zaloznaya, claimed to have analyzed tissue samples taken form the body and concluded that the creature is humanoid, but not human.
Korotkov and Zaloznaya explained the layer of white dust covering the alleged mummies is cadmium chloride, a natural antibacterial. Others believe it looks like plaster cast. Zaloznaya said that down to the 23 chromosomes, the heart, trachea, liver, spleen and diaphragm are consistent with those of a modern human.
However, back in 2017, when the alleged mummies were found, Dr. Blanca Alva of Peru’s Ministry of Culture warned the “discovery” was most likely false. She said the ministry didn’t know the exact location where the researchers found the alleged especimen, and explained “it is highly probable that they are not pre-hispanic, but rather the product of a current fabrication and… highly probable that it is not an archaeological patrimony.”
Peruvian archaeologist Jhonny Isla, in charge of the the Nazca site, confirmed the culture ministry was never given information on the excavation site or access to the bodies.
Furthermore, one of Peru’s most respected bio-anthropologists, Elsa Tomasto-Cagigao in a July 2017 interview explained that no one in Peru’s actual scientific community of mummy experts had been consulted or had seen “Maria” or the actual x-rays.
Korotkov speculates the beings may be extraterrestrial, bio-robots or a prehistoric tribe: "The tissue has a biological nature and its chemical composition indicates that they are human. Its DNA presents 23 pairs of chromosomes, just like us. The four are men, each with a chromosome. They look like humans, but they are not. Its anatomical structure is different."
The elongated skull, six fingers and six toes tell a different story. Among these more obvious oddities, the mummy also differs from human anatomy with a keel-shaped upper rib section, no nasal cavities, no outer ears and an immovable lower jaw.
However, Anthropologists have explained that elongated skulls are most likely the result of an ancient practice of artificial cranial deformation, in which young children had their heads bound in cloth, rope, or wooden boards, possibly as part of a religious ritual.
The 70cm-tall beings lived somewhere between 6,500 and 4,000 years ago and were most likely wiped out by either a comet or a major flood.
"A handful of those who survived met savage tribes of prehistoric men and taught them crafts and agriculture. They mated with local women. They had three fingers and this genetic characteristic could become evident in future generations," said the professor, adding that the community may have reached a higher stage of advancement thousands of years ago.
"By the way, you can see three-toed creatures in the petroglyphic drawings found in Peru," Korotkov said.
Amid rising skepticism, skeletal specialist Dr Edson Vivanco confirmed their legitimacy in an interview with British newspaper the Daily Express: "There are lots of details that indicate that the bodies are real. To recreate a skull with these characteristics is a very difficult task. So far, we haven't found anything to say it is a fraud, or that the bodies have been modified or altered in any way.
"At the moment we are doing a detailed analysis to see if the shape and the position of all the chromosomes, of all the amino acids, coincide with ours."
These alien theories to explain the Nazca lines are not new, they’ve been around since 1968, when a Swiss writer argued in "Chariots of the Gods?" that the Nazca lines were landing strips for “ancient astronauts”, a claim rebuked by Peruvian archaeologists who believe they are astronomical designs to mirror constellations.
Disclaimer: the initial headline of this story has been changed from “Ancient Mummies in Peru 'Not Human, Possibly Alien': Scientists” to the current headline identifying Russian researcher Konstantin Korotkov as the scientist who claimed such findings. We have also included refutals of the claims by these Russian researchers in bold.