Nazca “alien mummy” revealed in promotional video featuring serial hoaxer (UPDATE: Experts say ‘hoax’)

UPDATE: As I said originally, with a number of very ignorant people insulting me for it, the mummy has been deemed to be a hoax by experts who say that it is clear real mummies are being manipulated to look strange and exotic by adding extra bones. See the addition below the original story. 

You know, our catchphrase used to be “people really believe this stuff” and I’m always amazed at how many times one individual can be caught promoting outrageous hoaxes and still keep on doing it with many falling his absurd claims over and over again. They so wish to believe that there was alien (non-human) influence in Latin American history. It’s just bizarre. The latest is an incredibly fake-looking “alien mummy” said to have been found in Peru.

Screen shot of alien from video. No other documentation is currently available.

The find was announced by who promote alternative history and metaphysics who describe themselves as “a community of seekers, empowering one another on the path to a conscious life. Together, we can awaken the evolution of consciousness.”

The “mummy” has the proportions of a human – two arms, two legs – with various strange features including an elongated head with three-fingers on both hands and feet. The body is covered in a white “dust” that the investigators say dried the body but to the more down-to-earth observers, looks like plaster. Gaia released a video featuring “scientists” examining the body with a camera crew. This is the only documentation of the body. The crew includes infamous UFO promoter Jaime Maussan who, without confirmation of this being real or not (and, let’s face it, he is SO EASILY duped), called it “one of the most important discoveries of the 21st century.” Maussan, who is labeled as a “well-respected” journalist has lost all his credibility over his years of promoting ridiculous hoaxes as genuine.

Red flags for this discovery include:

  • Maussan being involved
  • The obvious plaster appearance of the mummy
  • The reveal by Special Report “Unearthing Nazca” by Gaia with no sign of reputable scientific expertise
  • A closed team of researchers with alternative views that go against the scientific mainstream
  • No scientific results confirmed or retested because it has not been made available to anyone else
  • No documentation of location, context, or discovery
  • Promotion of it being a fantastic discovery that will “change everything”
  • Not published in a scientific publication

The specimen is said to have been tested to reveal an age of 245-410 AD, not an unreasonable age for an actual mummy. The method of testing is not made available. The specimens are not available for examination. There is no expert in preserved Peruvian mummies on the research team. The three-fingered hand configuration is nowhere to be found in nature but we have seen it on another Peruvian hoaxed item that follows the same non-documented path to promotion. Remember the “alien claw”? It has a similar plaster-like coating. The researchers also link the three fingers to petroglyphs that show three-fingered humanoids. I suspect that this is a stylistic feature and am waiting for actual experts to weigh in (if they even care to comment on such a sloppy, pathetic sensational display).

Cat scan of the body. From screen capture.

Xray of the skull. From screen capture

There have been other hoaxed “mummies” and preserved aliens or creatures revealed as faked. It is easily conceivable that this is a carefully (or not so carefully) crafted, even a manipulated real skeleton or other remains (like many fake mermaids). See the Metabunk post on this for ideas about the three-fingered appendages.

If we’re talking “alien” and “hoax” body or evidence, it’s not surprising that Jaime Maussan is around. The past hoaxes Maussan was involved in promoting include:

Back in 2016, Biblical scholar Dr. Michael Hiser said: “Jaime Maussan should not be trusted. Ever. He is a serial fraud-perpetuator.”

What we have here is a group of folks with an unconventional agenda promoting a questionable artifact that they wish to use to alter public perception of human history. But one artifact that you keep to yourself and that for all intents and purposes screams FAKE will not do that. So far this story has not received mainstream press but give it a few more days. The tabloids will regurgitate this unconfirmed, highly dubious evidence word for unverified word with lots of gusto and zero skepticism.

Replies are open for knowledgeable commenters to supply additional information.

Minor edits 8:56 AM June 22

Addition (24 June 2017):  Archaeologist Jeb Card pointed me to this twist in the story. There are TWO mummies. A Peruvian website posted today that they contacted a credentialed scientist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi. He says that a person named Ronceros, tried to interest the experts in another mummy that is different from the Maussan mummy. He had also made a video saying it was an alien. But he later changed his story to say it was a representation of aliens made by the natives manufactured using real bones. No one was interested in the tale after it was confirmed by an actual archaeologist that the Ronceros mummy was faked.

Ronceros fake mummy. Notice it has the same coating as the “alien claw” and the Maussan mummy. 

And so we safely and conclusively close the question of whether these are “aliens”. They are not. They are manipulated artifacts. But questions remain as to why and how they were created. The cited article, written by Dr. Nahuel Monteblanco, excoriates the fact that native archaeological treasures and history are being plundered for such deplorable scams.

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  21 comments for “Nazca “alien mummy” revealed in promotional video featuring serial hoaxer (UPDATE: Experts say ‘hoax’)

  1. June 21, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Someone just sent me this story. My response….

    Third phase of the moon
    Jaime mussan

    The evidence is already stacked against it.

    The Ufotainment/ belief industry doing what it does best.

  2. Bob
    June 22, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Looks like a Fantastic Paper Mache creation!
    I think they went a little heavy with the plaster though…

  3. Brenda Ferrimani
    June 22, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Don’t Archeologists cover old bones in plaster before removing them to other locations, to prevent breaking? Of course they keep it hidden because the evidence will be snatched away just like in Roswell or discredited by those who resist any new information that could rock their world view. Three fingers and toes is no human manipulation. I’m hoping these scientists have a chance to throughly examine before I make up my mind.

  4. Bob Jase
    June 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Doggone, why are all my subscriptions getting erased? I need to know this stuff asap so I can remind myself that other people are crazier than me.

  5. June 22, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    You may wish to reread this post again, more carefully. And follow the links before making up your mind. Actually, it looks incredibly like a human manipulation. One item touted as “incredible” and hidden from experts is ridiculous. It is certainly faked, like all the others that fell apart.

    Roswell? Really? Never a question it was not an alien crash site. Completely a manufactured story. I’d recommend reviewing the entire body of evidence on these claims before making an extreme conclusion that everyone else is wrong and a few extremists are correct.

  6. June 22, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Several people are commenting with baseless assertions. These are not helpful.

    PLEASE NOTE the commenter caveat above. I don’t want to hear what you “believe”. I only wish to know if you have evidence to document your conclusion. There is more than enough believer nonsense on the web.

  7. Rooshman
    June 22, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Interesting to read Jaime Maussan’s Wikipedia page. Aside from the horrid grammar (suggesting it was written by his Mexican supporters, or even his agent), it reads like the biography of a world leading investigative journalist in hard news. However, all such entries about his career seem to peter out after the early 90’s. This may be his desperate last grab at relevance. Like a Mexican version of Geraldo Rivera.

  8. Donna
    June 23, 2017 at 12:26 AM

    Looks like plaster. I’d like to see if someone could create the same thing. Maybe a vet to examine the areas that do look like bone in the X-ray. Anyone that can’t back up their claim are frauds. Get a medical examiner, veterinarian ( in case different bones are used). Especially and archeologist. Take samples. If they won’t allow it, they’re frauds. I’m rather sick of these people.

  9. Glenn
    June 23, 2017 at 12:56 AM

    They could release all the CT images so that any anatomist or orthopedist can evaluate it. That 3D CT is a reconstruction of 1mm slices through the whole specimen. It would be easier to tell if it is “real” or fake.

  10. Paul
    June 23, 2017 at 1:35 AM

    I came here for the very first time to see what the evidence for and against the claim was. I’m surprised that the OP says, “Never a question [Roswell] was not an alien crash site. Completely a manufactured story.” Seriously, is there ever any middle ground between tinfoil hats and “swamp gas” explanations wherein a scientist might acquire knowledge? It was either this or Snopes, which has less than zero credibility in my book, but it looks like all these “skeptic” sites operate with the same paradigm which defines ‘skepticism’ as disbelief in any claim outside the managed script, rather than anything having to do with objectivity or evidence-based conclusions.

    Anyway, looking at this specimen, all I can think beyond the obvious plaster/clay sculpture issue is that whoever made this thing doesn’t have a working knowledge of comparative anatomy. The size of the phalanges and metatarsals is completely out of proportion with that of the cuneiforms, which appear to be from human skeletal remains. In other words, someone clearly took a human form and replaced the phalanges with a couple of sculpted ones, because it certainly didn’t grow that way. All the more so because it only has three flimsy toes to provide stability, and they’re all the same length, which simply wouldn’t happen in nature, where the longer the digits, the more variation/specialization between them. Yet it doesn’t even have opposable thumbs, nor webbing or any other kind of flesh between the toes, meaning it couldn’t use tools effectively, couldn’t run or swim, and even walking would be extremely problematic. As a humanoid in the desert, this organism is clearly supposed to be terrestrial and bipedal, but the closest thing that comes to mind (the arboreal three-toed sloth, whose digits are a lot shorter in proportion, and clawed) likewise can’t walk on the ground. This species wouldn’t survive in nature, much less follow an evolutionary path of ascendancy in an environment where simply acquiring food for itself is practically impossible.

    Another concern is that the team claims the white powder was added to dry the skin and preserve the remains. If there was indeed a single scientist on the team, he certainly would have objected to adding an obtrusive chemical to the sample before scientific analysis or before a single photo had been taken in its original location, and the idea that a 1600- or 1800-year-old mummy extracted from a desert cave with its internal organs intact needs to be dried out makes no sense except as a cover story for its dubious origins.

  11. Craig
    June 23, 2017 at 7:20 AM

    My red flag is that a biblical scholar has been taken seriously in denouncing Maussan, that’s hilarious. Not that I’m going along with this story as a real one but seriously using a biblical scholar to back up your skepticism holds even less credibility than Maussan. It’s weird that Christians scoff at the idea of Alien life but will gladly rant on about their non existent invisible friend for adults (god) so I find this article equally as ridiculous as the discovery of an Alien mummy or the bible

  12. June 23, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    That makes exactly no sense. Dr. Hiser is a well-respected scholar. You are making an argument that because he studied the historicity of the Bible (not that it is anything other than one of only a few of the most influential works of literature in human history) that he is not credible as a commentator. You don’t have to have any special educational credentials to judge the plausibility of this story and see that one extreme and dubious sample does not overturn human history.

    It’s sad the number of commentators just like Craig that come on here and tell me I’m closed-minded when they themselves are actually so gullible they will swallow such baseless nonsense. (I’m open-minded enough to consider that it’s a well-crafted hoax.) But I’m not surprised. That’s why this site is here. Actually, the naysayers outnumber those providing supporting comments (or extra information, as I requested) which, in my years of experience is normal and suggests that people who are feeling some bias towards unwarranted belief in alternative history versions, lacking all sound evidence, are trying to make themselves feel better by yelling at me. It doesn’t work that way, folks.

  13. June 23, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    You have misconstrued my methods and my site. Skepticism is deference to the evidence. Considering the evidence for the Roswell incident, the conclusion that makes the most sense and explains all the evidence to the best degree is that it was a top-secret (at the time) experiment that crashed. No bodies, no aliens. A cover-up, yes. But it’s totally a human job.

    Perhaps you spend more time looking at the thousands of posts here instead of just one before you make such sweeping generalizations.

    Obviously, as noted in this reply, the physiology of the body does suggest this is a manipulated real body with at least the hands, feet, and face changed and the body covered in some substance.

    Once again, I point out that no other scientists have been able to examine this. If it’s so game-changing, it should be provided to a museum in Peru or some other credible source to assess rather than those with an alien agenda.

    There is zero credibility for this story and item. As the group and Gaia is making the extraordinary claim, it is up to them to have some strong evidence that it’s genuine and to explain it in context. This piece has NO context. We don’t even know where it was found. It screams bogus. If you find it credible, I have an invisible dragon in my garage for you to buy…

  14. diggerjohn
    June 23, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Beyond the fact that there has been no credible evidence presented, no actual scientific notes, no location give, the fact that the “mummy” is clearly plaster, the morphology of its feet and hands show absolutely no evolutionary advantage, heck I doubt the thing could walk or even grasp with its hands.

  15. June 23, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Editors note: Craig replied in a name-calling rant that biblical scholars think Noah’s Ark is real. Extremely foolish and clueless commentary. I refuse to deal with arrogant ignoramuses. And I don’t publish BS even to respond. Only readable and thoughtful comments are approved. Sorry if you’ve wasted your time typing a long missive and it did not appear, but feel free to go rant on someone else’s website.

  16. deep9th
    June 23, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    I understand your skepticism, but consider this… Everything you’re claiming are all assumptions based on your logic and belief in common sense. Some of you said it’s obvious plaster. Some of you said that it couldn’t, or could hardly walk. Someone said there’s no flash between fingers so it’s unusable. Did you forget we’re talking about an alien? How do you know from where did it come to Earth and what are the conditions on its planet? Do they have gravity there?? Why do you assume it must be physically fully functional on our planet? How are you so sure in your claiming? From psychological point of view, you already decided it’s a hoax and now you’re defending your belief …and you decided it’s hoax, ’cause your ego is tripping: “I’m smart. No one will mess with me” or you’re just afraid you might look foolish to other ppl if you allow yourself to believe in such a thing (again ego).
    I’m not saying it’s real (probably is not), but I’m leaving a space for possibility that maybe it IS real.
    Besides, life is much more fun and healthier when you allow yourself (your imagination) to wonder over that kind of possibility …’till someone disprove it 🙂

    idoubtit, this is what I call open minded

  17. June 23, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    Sorry but you must be awfully busy being open minded while people are pulling one over on you. It’s very straightforward. You go where the evidence leads. In this case, NOTHING leads to “alien” as a plausible consideration.

  18. Giancarlo Joel Aguirre Revolo
    June 24, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Here I post a video detailing how these remains were assembled, all comes from Nazca Peru , you can clearly see how man made all are, it would be really easy for the nazca people to use a human body, cut their hands and assemble a 3 fingers replacement.

  19. June 24, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    That’s plausible, but why would they do that? It’s more plausible that these are recent creations and there are clues that they are recent. The purpose is to sell or seemingly discover the thing and feed the “ancient aliens” narrative.

  20. Adam
    June 24, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Thank goodness for this site. When I saw the Nazca video I thought ‘This is a very slick production” it would have cost a considerable sum to produce. It was curiosity that brought me here. Heartened to see there is a serious operation dedicating to the phenomena of hoaxing. Well done.

  21. June 25, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    It appears the mummy related to Paul Ronceros Fernandez was circulating in Spring of 2017 and related to the “alien claw”. Is this a case of an evolving scam? If you have some time to waste, you can find this stuff under youtuber Krawix999. There is definitely a trail here.

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