Some speculate that the remains of a 6-inch skeleton with a large head found 10 years ago came from another world.
Scientists confirm the remains are human using DNA tests.
The mummified remains of what some consider a 6-inch space alien have caused speculation since their discovery 10 years ago. But now Stanford scientists have confirmed in a new documentary that the remains are in fact human.
After testing, the scientists said that the being in question was an "interesting mutation" of a male human that had survived post-birth for between six and eight years, according to the Daily Mail.
Uncovering a mystery
The remains were discovered in Chile's Atacama Desert 10 years ago by a man called Oscar Munoz. According to a Chilean local newspaper, Munoz found a white cloth containing "a strange skeleton no bigger than 15cm," the Examiner reports.
The pen-sized creature had a bulging head and only nine ribs. Humans have 24.
The remains were nicknamed Ata and have been passed through different owners while people questioned their origins, according to the Huffington Post. Theories have included that the remains are of a monkey, aborted fetus or an alien that crash-landed on earth.
The origins remained a mystery until 2012 when a DNA sample from bone marrow extracted from Ata was analyzed by scientists at Stanford University. The findings were revealed in a new documentary called "Sirius," which explores the history of Ata.
UFO enthusiasts hoped "Sirius" would prove the existence of aliens. Instead, the film reveals that Ata was human.
"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 6 to 8. 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," said Garry Nolan, director of stem cell biology at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California.
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