DNA Analysis of Paracas Elongated Skulls: Unknown To Any Human, or Animal
In 1928 in Paracas, located in the Pisco Province in southern Peru, an interesting discovery was made. Julio Tello discovered a massive graveyard whose tombs contained skeletons with elongated skulls. These became known as the Paracas Skulls.
These skeletons are approximately 3000 years old. Preliminary DNA testing has been done on these skulls that show that they may not be human. Instead, they may be from a new species. Author, Paracas Museum assistant director and researcher Brien Foerster has said that the geneticist who did the testing has never seen this before.
The geneticist claims that the sample 3A has mutations in its mtDNA sequences that are unknown in any human, primate or other animals so far studied. Th data is so far very preliminary, and in its earliest stages of study. Nor has the geneticist been able to recover the entire mtDNA sequence yet. He believes that if what little he has discovered so far holds to be true, that those Paracas skulls are from a new human-like creature, only only distantly related to Homo sapiens, or modern humans, and our closest known relatives, the Neanderthal and Denisovan species.
He was unable to guess where they would have fit into the evolutionary tree. Nor did he think they could have interbred with the local human population. He seemed to think that this may have been why there were so many children in those tombs; that they had interbred to the point of low viability. (Source) (Source)
Another Theory About the Skulls
In the past it was put forward that these skulls were made through a process called cranial deformation. It was thought that families would bind the skulls of infants and toddlers to flatten and elongate the skull. It was believed that the time frame to do this procedure would be from around six months of age up to three years of age. But, this procedure is no longer performed so that all of this is guess-work. There is another problem with this theory.
The Paracas Skulls have a larger than normal cranial volume. In some cases, the skulls have a volume over 2.5 percent more than an average human skull. Foerster says that the doctors that he has spoken to say that this is impossible to do to human skulls. The shape can be changed, but it is impossible to increase the size. The size of any human skull is genetically predetermined. (Source) (Source)
Possible Proof of Another Origin
Many ancient cultures have practiced skull deformation. The process is understood. A young child’s head is placed between two boards and gently squeezed over time. Or, the head is tightly bound as it grows in cloth to achieve a different shape. But, these processes cannot make the skulls any larger than a normal skull. The Paracas Skulls are not only larger, but they are elongated and have a much larger cranial volume than even a regular bound ancient skull.
The Paracas Skulls are larger due to genetic changes, not elongation through binding. No current human root race stock has skulls this large, even without binding. Nor is the large size due to a disease like hydrocephaly or other disorder. A single skull may be written off as a sick individual, but not the 90 or so that were found in those tombs in 1928. (Source)
Guarded Optimism about the Genetic Discovery
Noted author and historian Graham Hancock urges restraint when approaching these latest findings. He says that he himself has grave doubts about many of the stories now circulating the internet about the Paracas Skulls. He believes that there are way too many people ready to swallow these extravagant stories based on premature claims about the as yet un-finished genetic testing on the skulls. He says that he will need to know much more, about the lab doing the testing, about the tests themselves and finally, he will want to see the test results himself.
Even as he urges cation, he is also open to the idea of a new member of the human family. New members of the human family, sub-species of Homo sapiens like the Denisovan branch or recently found Homo floresiensis, have been found in recent years. It goes without saying that others are still waiting to be discovered. (Source)
Foerster has raised thousands of dollars to pay for the needed tests and will need more to pay for a full genome screening. When that day comes, they will be ready. Juan Navarro, owner of the Paracas History Museum, allowed documented sampling of hair, teeth, skull bone and skin tissue from five skulls. These samples will be sent to a geneticist who will not be told of their origin. No matter the final scientific determination, human, alien or other, the work will be fascinating.