In 2003, the skeleton of a supposed alien found in the desert caused a massive ripple in the international scientific community. The 6-inch skeleton that came to be known as the Atacama alien should not have existed. Not only does the skeleton look exactly like that of a mummified alien, it also fails to bare even a remote resemblance to a human being. Many ufologists believed this discovery was the key to proving the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Even though the photos of this alien-like skeleton are convincing, it would still be a huge leap to say that the bones belong to an alien. While some ufologists were ecstatic over the discovery, another group of researchers claimed the whole thing was a hoax. A few scientists actually researched the bones, and their findings were legitimately groundbreaking, although not in the way many ufologists were hoping.
Is Ata, the 6-inch skeleton from Cental America, actually the remains of a long-deceased alien? Or are its origins more terrestrial?
The Skeleton Was Discovered In A Remote Area Of Chile
In 2003, someone scavenging an ancient site in the Atacama desert of Chile discovered the mummified skeleton of something they believed to be alien. The skeleton was a 6-inch humanoid wrapped in a linen cloth tied together with purple ribbon.
The miniature skeleton, which was allegedly buried next to an ancient church, was then sold to a man at a bar for the equivalent of 30 dollars. From there, it made its way to a private collector in Spain. After research on the mysterious skeleton was released, the Chilean Association of Archeologists and the Chilean Society of Biological Anthropology denounced the findings for making use of remains looted from holy grounds.
Ata's Irregular Eyes Seem Inhuman In Origin
Regardless of the DNA testing done on Ata's bones, it's clear that something is unique about this skeleton. Many ufologists see the one-of-a-kind skeleton as proof that something out of the ordinary has been occurring in Chile.
The Mummified Remains Were Riddled With Strange Deformities
Aside from being only six-inches tall, the skeleton was infested with a series of strange deformities that gave it an otherworldly look. Despite its size, the skeleton has features that a child wouldn't have until they reached the age of 10. The skeleton, referred to as Ata, had 10 ribs on its body rather than the normal 12.
Researchers believe that the skeleton has so many deformities because of the "prenatal nitrate exposure" that it may have received due to the large amounts of the substance evident in the mining towns of Chile.
Multiple Examinations Discovered The Earth Bound Nature Of The Skeleton
Once word spread that an abnormal skeleton possibly belonging to a creature from another planet was discovered in Chile, researchers from across the world sought out the bones to find out where it really came from. After a series of tests, scientists came to a variety of conclusions - none of them suggesting that the skeleton was that of a little green man.
One researcher believes that the skeleton was that of an eight-year-old, although Ralph Lachman, co-director of the International Skeletal Dysplasia Registry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, found that Ata was a skeleton of a pre-term birth with a severe form of skeletal dysplasia. The skeleton's dense growth plates do look to be those of a pre-teen, but this was likely caused by progeria, a rapid aging disease.