The discovery of three sets of bizarre mummified remains in Peru sparked widespread speculation that the tiny, three-fingered lifeforms were actually extraterrestrial visitors who died visiting our planet. Some scientists have come forward to debunk those claims, but the evidence is still far from conclusive in either direction.
Here’s what we know: the mummies are distinctly non-human in appearance, each having three fingers and three toes on each arm and leg. They also have creepily elongated skulls and E.T.-like features that some researchers claim would be very hard to fake.
“There are lots of details that indicate the bodies are real,” Dr. Edson Vivanco said in an interview, according to Express. “To recreate a skull with these characteristics is a very difficult task. For example, regarding the internal structure of the skull we can find the parietal sutures, occipital sutures, frontal sutures, and other anatomical characteristics that indicate it’s a real skull.”
While a team of independent scientists concluded that the oddly-shaped hands were actually created using human finger bones from multiple hands, Vivanco has disputed their findings.
“I think it’s very important to investigate this no matter what the outcome, because a few doctors already did give their opinion on it without any kind of study, saying the bodies are assembled even though they didn’t have access to them,” he noted.
“If it is a fake we will be the first to say and report it. Right now we are studying the evidence and 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.”
According to Vivanco, there are only a few possibilities that would explain the mummies: either they are specimens that have never before been found by scientists, or they were fabricated by humans as part of a hoax. He’s inclined to believe the alien mummies are real.
However, the World Congress on Mummy Studies had blasted Vivanco and other believers for perpetuating “pseudoscience” and have demanded that authorities investigate to determine what archeological crimes were committed to create the fake remains.
“Mummy studies is a scientific discipline and there is no space for such claims #pseudoscience,” the organization wrote on social media.