DNA tests have shown the Paracus skulls are not human!
Paracas Skulls © Wikimedia Commons
Discovered on the southern coast of Peru in 1928 by archeologist by Julio C. Tello, the Paracus skulls quickly became one of the biggest human ancestral mysteries in history.
During an archeological expedition in the Paracus desert, Tello stumbled across a complex and sophisticated cemetery that contained unusual human-like remains.
The most strange thing being that these remains is that they contained over 300 mysteriously elongated skulls thought to be over 3000-years old.
Initially, it was commonly agreed upon that these skulls were created as part of an ancient religious practice where the heads of babies and infants were purposely deformed to make them longer.
These practices were quite common among the tribes of South America who would bind the heads of babies when their skull was still soft. This binding would, over time, force the skull to grow elongated.
Clamps and other method were used by Maya peoples to shape a child’s head.
What's interesting to know; is that although these processes changed the shape of the skull, it didn't alter the cranial size, weight, or volume. These measurements remained the same as regular shaped human skulls.
According to season 10 of Ancient Aliens (see below), the Paracus skulls are 25% larger and up to 60% heavier than the skulls of an average human male.
Although hotly disputed, some researchers believe that these characteristics could not have been achieved using cranial shaping techniques. Also; not only are they different in weight, but Paracas skulls are also structurally different and only have one parietal plate whereas a normal human skull, even one that has been artificially elongated, has two.
Due to limitations in technology this is where our story would've traditionally ended - Until now.
Recently, the Paracas Museum of History sent five samples of Paracas skulls for genetic testing. These samples consisted of hair, teeth, skin, and some fragments of skull bones.
When they tested the mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited from the mother, they found mutations that they claim have never previously been seen and are traits that were unknown to any human, primate, or animal found on planet Earth.
Eva Knight, of mysteriesunsolved.com, wrote that the biological differences between the Paracus skull peoples and that of other humanoids living around the same time meant that it would've been impossible for them to have interbred. Creating the question of how they fit in to the currently accepted evolutionary tree, if indeed they fit in to it at all.
If true, the differences are so vast that it's possible these are an entirely new species of human-like creatures that evolved on Earth separately. Or perhaps evolved on a different world all-together.
These new findings have added fuel to Ancient Astronaut theories, which says Earth was visited by a race of beings from other worlds thousands of years ago when the planet was still very much in its primitive stages of development. There is no evidence to directly suggest any of this is true. But, when have we ever let a little thing like evidence get in the way of a great story.
Ancient Aliens: Paracas Skull DNA Test (Season 10) | History Channel