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.
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.
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”.
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.
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 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.
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.