It was hailed as proof of alien life, a mummified visitor from another planet.
Ten years after the remains of a six-inch ‘space alien’ were first discovered, they have been confirmed as ‘human’ by Stanford scientists in a new documentary film Sirius.
Since the remains of the small humanoid – known as the ‘Atacama Humanoid’ and nicknamed Ata – were discovered in Chile’s Atacama Desert 10 years ago there has been much speculation about its origins.
Theories have included that the bones were those of an aborted fetus, or a monkey, or even an alien that had crash-landed on earth.
‘The CAT scan clearly shows internal chest organs -lungs and what appears to be the remains of a heart structure,’ he said.
‘There is absolutely no doubt that the specimen is an actual organism and that it is not a hoax of any kind.
‘This fact has been confirmed by Dr. Nolan and Dr. Lachman at Stanford.’
Monday’s premier of Sirius, UFO enthusiasts had grown increasingly excited that the film could announce a major breakthrough in the search for extra-terrestrial life forms.
Experts say the small skeleton certainly bears many of the hallmarks of what we have come to believe aliens look like, in particular a large head overshadowing a small body.
According to Chilean local newspaper, a man called Oscar Munoz found the remain on Oct. 19, 2003 when he was looking for objects of historical value in La Noria, a ghost town in the Atacama Desert.
Near an abandoned church, Munoz found a white cloth containing, according to the newspaper, ‘a strange skeleton no bigger than 15cm [the size of a pen].
It was a creature with hard teeth, a bulging head with an additional odd bulge on top.
Its body was scaly and of dark color. Unlike humans, it had nine ribs.
‘We traveled to Barcelona Spain in late September 2012 to obtain detailed X Rays, CAT
scans and take genetic samples for testing at Stanford University.
‘We obtained excellent DNA material by surgically dissecting the distal ends of two right
anterior ribs on the humanoid.
‘These clearly contained bone marrow material, as was seen on the dissecting microscope that was brought in for the procedure,’
In the new documentary, a DNA sample from bone marrow extracted from the specimen, was analyzed by scientists at a prestigious American university.
They concluded that it was an ‘interesting mutation’ of a male human that had survived post-birth for between six and eight years.
‘I can say with absolute certainty that it is not a monkey.
‘It is human – closer to human than chimpanzees. It lived to the age of six to eight,’ said Garry Nolan, director of stem cell biology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in California.
‘Obviously, it was breathing, it was eating, it was metabolizing.
‘It calls into question how big the thing might have been when it was born.’