A group of researchers claim they have found evidence of aliens in Peru, but people are not convinced by their findings.
A team of self-proclaimed paranormal researchers said they have found “evidence” of aliens near the city of Nazca, Peru. They found a three-fingered “mummified humanoid” that measures 5 feet 6 inches tall and has an elongated skull, and bodily proportions that are similar to humans.
An online video-streaming service, Gaia, announced this discovery as a part of their special report called Unearthing Nazca. Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, a professor at Saint-Petersburg University, said in the documentary that the body is “another creature, another humanoid.” The team also said that the white powder that covers the body was used to preserve the remains.
Many are skeptical about the findings.
Nigel Watson, author of Haynes UFO Investigations Manual, told MailOnline that it is just a “plaster cast” model. “I’m no expert on ancient mummified bodies but they tend to be more leatherish looking. This seems to be a plaster cast over a bone structure with three fingers attached to the hands,” he said.
“Such hoaxes are the product of wishful thinking mixed with greed and a lust for publicity. The more exotic the claim the more viewers they generate, and so we get ever more bizarre ‘revelations’ about alien corpses, flying saucer wreckage and messages from our alien masters,” Watson said.
One of the researchers who make up the team is Jamie Maussan, an ex-investigative journalist known for being involved in high-profile UFO hoaxes. In May 2005, he claimed that pictures of an alien were found from the crash of the Roswell flying saucer in 1947. However, it was soon discovered that the pictures were actually of a mummy in a museum exhibition.
Media reports say that the three members of the team who discovered the corpse have a long history of creating hoaxes in order to make money.
There are also others who ask viewers to keep an open mind. Alicia McDermot, an anthropologist who writes on conspiracy theory website Ancient-origins, said: “Open-minded scientists studying human origins may find themselves in a situation where they have to identify this surprising discovery as true, probable, or a false find.”
“It is important in these situations to remain curious yet skeptical. We should keep an open mind yet stay apprehensive about jumping to conclusions on new discoveries, even if they seem incredible at first,” she added.