Revelation that the ‘6-Inch Alien’ is human. Siriusly. (UPDATE: Aborted fetus?)

Keeping up with this story of skeletal remains that was hyped as possibly alien, then revealed to be human but very odd (see original below), this analysis seems very plausible – that it is indeed a human fetus and the distortions are explained.

Atacama ‘alien’ mystery is no mystery | Zygoma.

The main differences I can discern by looking at the high quality photos on the Sirius Disclosure website are that the Atacama specimen is from a slightly earlier stage foetus (discussed below); it has mummified soft tissue that has shrunk tight (discussed below), pulling the ribcage into a more narrow configuration; and the head has been distorted, probably as a result of an illegal back-street abortion where a hook has been used to extract the foetus (discussed below), causing damage to the back of the skull and stretching the pliable head.

I get a bit enraged about this story as it morphs and turns corners. But that’s all I will say except that this has nothing to do with aliens. For all the news outlets that continue to push that angle, you fail.

Atacama Humanoid © 2013 Sirius Disclosure

Atacama Humanoid © 2013 Sirius Disclosure

Originally posted Apr 23 2013 17:57

In an update to a story from earlier this month, Hard to take these claims Siriusly, the film has been released and there is “news” on the 6 inch “alien”.

‘Sirius’ Documentary Reveals DNA Test Results On Ata, The ‘6-Inch Alien’.

In early publicity, filmmakers claimed the documentary would reveal that the DNA of the creature with an oversized alien-looking head couldn’t be medically classified.

In fact, the film, which premiered Monday in Hollywood, features a scientist who concluded the little humanoid 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 six to eight. 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.

Garry Nolan does indeed exist at Stanford. Here is the report he supposedly submitted [PDF].

In the Fall of 2012 a biomedical analysis was initiated of a mummified specimen claimed to have originated in the Atacama Desert of Chile, South America. High resolution photographic, X-Ray and Computed Tomography evidence
was taken, along with purification of DNA for whole genome sequence (WGS).

And this is the conclusion:

Morphologic features include that the specimen has only 10 ribs, mild mid face hypoplasia, and shows abnormalities of the skull. The observed abnormalities do not fall into any standard or rare classification of known human pediatric disorders. As represented by a specialist in pediatric human bone and growth disorders (see attached report), the 6 inch specimen is a human that was likely 6-8 years of age at the time of death (age based on epiphyseal plate X-Ray density standards). X-Ray imaging and CT scan results confirmed the specimen is biological and is not a non-human primate. The specimen was concluded by the medical specialist to be a human child with an
apparently severe form of dwarfism and other anomalies.

Ata (the alien) was supposedly found in the desert. I have contacted Dr. Nolan and he says to consult the report he wrote and adds:

Anything beyond what I wrote would be speculation. Your readers would be correct to be skeptical of claims with no proof.

The six-inch "alien" from the Sirius project.

The six-inch “alien” from the Sirius project.

The discovery that such a specimen was human as described would be extraordinary and we should expect that it would be documented in a scientific journal as is noted at the end of the report. Go on, have that fast tracked; it should be amazing. But let’s note that Dr. Nolan just did the DNA test. A “medical specialist” made the call that the creature was 6 years old. If that can not be proven, this MAY be a case of a hoax or a fetal person. There seemed to be nothing unusual about the DNA and it was identified as local.

Questions remain.

However, the BOTTOM LINE…

THIS IS NOT EVIDENCE OF ALIENS.

And this movie is a giant publicity machine to spout ridiculous ideas.

Here is Robert Sheaffer’s review:
Bad UFOs: Skepticism, UFOs, and The Universe: Greer’s “Sirius” Documentary – no “Bombshell,” just Nonstop UFO Claims.
As we noted before, it’s a buffet of wild claims.

“no halfway intelligent person will be swayed by this film”

UPDATE (24-Apr-2013) The “medical specialist” is Dr. Ralph Lachman. He and Dr. Nolan looked over the specimen at length to examine the bone structure. According to Dr. Nolan, the size of the specimen suggests one thing, and bones suggest another. Thus, it is not clear exactly what they have there.

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  23 comments for “Revelation that the ‘6-Inch Alien’ is human. Siriusly. (UPDATE: Aborted fetus?)

  1. RDW
    April 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Wow !! I’d’ve guessed it were some kind of monkey or maybe a miscarriage. That’s a long time for someone so profoundly deformed to have survived. Maybe there’s been some kind of mistake made : cross contamination or something ??

  2. April 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM
  3. April 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    See this brief analysis of the skeleton that I made a couple of weeks ago. I honestly can’t see how anyone could confuse this for being an alien. A creature that evolved on another planet unfathomable distances from earth having the same anatomy as a human is beyond astronomical:

    http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/Thread-Watch-this-Sirius-trailer-Documentary-of-a-6-inch-E-T?pid=288834#pid288834

  4. Mark
    April 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    The scientist in the movie says that the results were not definitive but if he were say his own opinion he might be ridiculed, in others he believes it to be an ET. Why is this not on the front page of every news paper in the world. Something is seriously wrong up with our society.

  5. BobJ
    April 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    I’m sure if we let Melba Ketchum work her DNA magic we’ll know what’s the what very soon…

  6. Tyler Kokjohn
    April 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Dr. Greer has found some competent authorities to advise him on scientific and medical matters. I commend him for taking that action.

    There appears to be some disconnect between what the scientists have observed and the statements put forth by Dr. Greer in his writings and the documentary. It will be interesting to see how the collaboration plays out ultimately.

  7. April 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I’d like to see the chain of custody for the dna specimen.

  8. Ivy
    April 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Basically the conclusion by the referenced scientist is inconclusive. The unusual size, the variations in anatomical features, an ALMOST exact match with human DNA; get this thing to a lab, this is interesting stuff. A 6″ long, eight year old bipedal(?) human like creature: very strange, more info please.

  9. WILLIAM GALISON
    April 24, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    The significance of this discovery should not be trivialized. It is virtually unaccountable by the standards of modern genetics and morphology. It is a unique specimen in medical and scientific history. Not trivially. This creature lived to 8 years old, at six inches tall; had he grown to adulthood at this rate, he would have stood less than 9 inches tall. When it was born, it would have been less than TWO INCHES in length. How did it breast feed? How did it survive temperature variations. How did it possibly assimilate into a culture of normal humans, if it did?

    There is no sign of structural deformity that would impede walking or other normal functions.

    Neils Bohr said “anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it”.

    Anyone who is not shocked by this discovery has not understood it.

    • April 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      How can we understand it? A few people have looked at it, it has not been reviewed by other experts and it’s an extraordinary claim. It might also be a hoax or a deception. I’m not going to accept this at face value until I find out more about it from additional people who know what to look for.

  10. Jordon
    April 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Sharon, that is a commendable approach, but these scientists exist, and their findings are not the findings of a fringe department, but of those who know what they are talking about. The end of the report indicates they are continuing their study, and are going to draft a peer reviewed paper, so the science will continue. There are no conclusions yet, but this information is so incredibly tantalizing that I think this may be THE ‘weird’ story to watch. I’m heartend by how many others in the posts above were blown away by these admittedly preliminary findings.

  11. tim
    April 25, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    6 years old and 6 inches tall. Their DNA test was trying to prove it is a human. However this DNA test showed that it is less of a Homo-sapiens then a Neanderthal but it has more of “junk” DNA. If I say this is a human (homo-sapiens) then it must’ve had a disease unknown to science. To claim this is an alien is not even possible since we have nothing to compare it to. Either way this planet has so many different species that one more wouldn’t make any difference as long as we remain on top of the food chain.

    It’s not like “aliens” will come down here and heel diseases, stop all the wars, misery will disappear… and we will become immortals. Not going to happen. It’s a BIG universe and I have a feeling only humans care about humans.

  12. April 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    well, could it have been somewhat cobbled together? I find the age of the human confusing. Right now, I would hope this would be looked at be a number of scientists over time in a lab setting. It looks exactly like a fetus that was dried out. It looks exactly like the collection of fetuses at the Natural History Museum in Paris that are on display. My first thought was “oh that looks like someone stole one from their collection!” The fetuses there were saved as they had such abnormalities, as the physicians of the time would more than likely have buried any normal looking ones. I would ask a doctor if it would even be possible for a child of this size to carry a head that was obviously so much bigger than their body. The ability of such a frail body to walk with a head of such bigger size is of concern to me. I’m not a doctor, but these two “well, that’s different” thoughts popped into my head. I have seen wee bodies like this, but they were displayed as fetuses that had been born dead.

  13. April 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ8D9W4gOgs&list=UUEXGmFl-POEzlbI8K25TPxQ&index=73

    sorry I thought I had video of the babies in jars… but other than the elongated heads, you can see some small skeletons. Upright, you can see they wouldn’t be able to support their heads (as indeed any small baby can’t at birth!)

  14. Nagatobimaru
    May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    This is obviously the skeleton of Nils Holgersson
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Adventures_of_Nils

  15. May 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Interesting comparison with fetal pig preserved skeleton. http://shopoddities.tumblr.com/post/31444635991/mummified-fetal-pig-73-00

  16. Kitty Lapin Agile
    May 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I get differing opinions if it has teeth or not. Teeth would indicate AGE. Also, one doctor and one study. Indeed if this were REALLY being studied by many scientists (more than the one hired by Greer, though I commend him for finding one to study it), I would except news stories on it in science journals. This is simply getting publicity because of the movie hype. Where are the other scientists examining it and rechecking that DNA? Science is about duplication and teamwork. Checked with the doctors I work with, and they were all “this could not walk, it may look bipedal, but it could not walk with that head.” Many theories, and I’m at odds with other skeptic UFO experts, but me skeptic senses say “hoax or fetus”. I heard parasitic twin as a popular theory, but this is just too goofy.

  17. spookyparadigm
    May 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    And ufology reaches another new low.

  18. Kitty Lapin Agile
    May 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    so, thanks for the recent update. Hole in back of head… evidence of abortion? sounds right to me.

  19. gewisn
    May 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Read the reports. The DNA is definitely human. At least 99.99999% chance it is human (unless you want to bet on a 1/10million chance). The remark about “junk” DNA references the percentage of the DNA that was unreadable due to conditions. That remark is about the quality of the sample provided – for reference by other genetic scientists. It is NOT a remark about whether the sample is homo sapiens sapiens. The bone age estimates were done by a preeminant pediatric bone disease specialist at a major university in Los Angeles. So far, there is no evidence that it is fetal or aborted. But more will be done. As for walking, no one has said it did walk. Do not be fooled by anecdotes of “I showed pictures to several doctors,” or “an ER doctor who has delievered many premature babies.” I am a physician. Physicians do NOT get the kind of training in medical school needed to make declarations about a dessicated ancient cadaver with multiple deformities. That is why we have lab scientists like Dr. Nolan. He has shown the courage to enter this fray in attempt to show us that real science (not armchair speculation) can/should be utilized to examine even odd/bizarre/”paranormal” phenomena. Let’s give him room to do his science, and collaborate with other scientists, in the way they are trained to do their job, i.e. Not on your schedule. He has been open and honest with his findings – and gotten little other than derision from all sides.

    • May 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Gewisn: I read the reports. Someone is mistaken. From my discussions with osteologists, I think it’s the bone report that is wrong. When and IF this is ever published in a journal, or opened to other scientists to look at, then that will be a fairer assessment. This is being hyped as part of a movie and that’s not science and we should all be VERY skeptical and cautious about ANY extraordinary claims. I’m amazed that some people will say “It doesn’t look like a fetus” and that constitutes evidence.

  20. May 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Because. Just because…

    http://pinterest.com/pin/252412754087912909/

    huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh

    This is also not the first time ET claims over a fetus-like thing from Chile have been made:

    http://forgetomori.com/2009/aliens/the-tiny-chilean-alien-a-toy-story/

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