ScienceMexico: two “mummies” presented to deputies spark controversy in the scientific community

    Mexico: two “mummies” presented to deputies spark controversy in the scientific community

    A Mexican journalist showed two so-called mummies presented as being of extraterrestrial origin to Congress in Mexico City on Tuesday. A sequence strongly criticized while a university distanced itself from results allegedly linked to this discovery.

    Unusual scene this week in Mexico. Mexican parliamentarians interviewed a self-proclaimed and controversial UFO specialist on Tuesday, September 12. His name: Jaime Maussan, a journalist who works on the study of unidentified flying and aerospace objects and who did not come empty-handed to the Mexican Congress.

    “Non-human beings”, according to a Mexican journalist

    With him, two sarcophagi containing mummies presented by Jaime Maussan as fossils of extraterrestrial creatures. Very small specimens, with dried-up heads and three-fingered hands, discovered according to him in Peru in 2017.

    “They are non-human beings, who are not part of our terrestrial evolution,” said Jaime Maussan. To support his claims, the journalist indicated that carbon-14 dating tests carried out at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) would have made it possible to determine that these specimens were approximately 1000 years old.

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    Except that following this presentation, the Mexican university published a press release in which it confirmed that carbon dating had been carried out on skin samples provided by a client but that researchers had never been in direct contact with the specimens exhibited at the Mexican Congress.

    The laboratory “dissociates” itself from the results

    Consequently, the university laboratory behind these tests “dissociates itself from any use, interpretation or distortion of the results it provides”.

    “In no case do we draw conclusions about the origin of these samples,” UNAM writes again.

    “These conclusions are unfounded for lack of evidence,” Antigona Segura also declared to the New York Times. The astrobiologist, working for an institute attached to NASA aimed at researching exoplanets, described this presentation as “very shameful”.

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    An assemblage of human and animal remains

    These mummies “are a creation denounced years ago,” said the French edition of the Huffington Post, recalling the controversies surrounding the controversial documentary “Unearthing Nazca” in 2017. One of the mummies “was examined by an anthropologist. His conclusions are clear: the mummy in question is an assembly of different mummified human remains,” adds the media.

    Faced with the impact of this story, the Peruvian media seized on it and put forward the hypothesis according to which Jaime Maussan – without knowing how he would have recovered them – would have learned of these mummies from a Peruvian grave robber . Specimens made by combining human and animal bones with plant fibers and synthetic adhesives. Another analysis conducted in 2021 determined that the head of one of the specimens was a deteriorated llama skullcase.

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    This controversy comes less than two months after a hearing on UFOs in the American Congress and as NASA looks more seriously at the study of “unidentified anomalous phenomena”, a term nevertheless intended to replace that of UFO to distance itself speculation about extraterrestrial visits to Earth.

    Hugues Garnier with AFP Journalist BFMTV

    Source: BFM TV

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