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    No, These Are Not The Skulls Of Aliens

    They're really, really not.

    According to some reports, these 3000 year old skulls are not of human origin.

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    They were among a collection of elongated skulls discovered in 1928 by archeologist Julio Tello on the south coast of Peru.

    The "Paracas skulls", named after the penninsula in which they were found, have been the subject of plenty of debate since then. But most people believe the skulls look like this because they underwent artificial cranial deformation, where someone's skull is intentionally elongated by binding their head with wood or cloth.

    These kinds of skulls have been found for years in the Americas, where cranial deformation is believed to have been a widespread practice.

    In 2012, a burial ground of 25 skeletons was found in Mexico, 13 of which showed skull deformation.

    Brien Foerster claimed that "preliminary results" indicated the Paracas skulls were alien in a video interview with The People's Voice, an internet television station.

    Foerster, who appears to work for a Peruvian tour company, says he sent samples from the skulls to a genetecist who has done work with the US goverment. "He's found segments of DNA from one of the elongated skulls that doesn't match anything relating to humanity as we know it," he says.

    It had mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far. But a few fragments I was able to sequence from this sample indicate that if these mutations will hold we are dealing with a new human-like creature, very distant from Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and Denisovans.

    But Foerster is yet to publish the results of the DNA testing in a scientific journal.

    Until he does, this is just pure speculation. But given the widespread nature of intentional skull deformation in the area, we're betting on a more terrestrial explanation.

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