The 130-million-year-old fossil.

The 130-Million-Year-Old Human Fossil Heist

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In 2016, a telephone interview with an artefact collector led me to uncover a scientific conspiracy of Biblical proportions. Professors are the high priests of our technology driven society, but as you will see, sometimes the letters behind their names serve only to disguise a highly unscientific hidden agenda.


In October 2016, I led a documentary film crew to a highly-secured property in the mountains north of Bogota, Colombia to interview Professor Jamie Gutierrez-Lega, Colombia's leading Architectural and Industrial Designer and owner of the Gutierrez Collection, the world's most controversial Pre-Colombian artefact collection. After the interview, he led me to a large, dark and dry safe-room hidden in the bowels of his sprawling hillside property.

Standing in a kaleidoscope of Pre-Colombian artefacts; gods, heroes, warriors, burial urns, charms, jewellery, tools and clay pottery. Dr. Gutierrez urged me to sit down. He is 84 years old, yet he pulled up a chair like a teenager with passion flaming in his eyes. At the centre of the room, on an ornate wooden plinth, was a large charcoal grey fossil.

I noticed fossilised seashells surrounded by what appeared to be long slim bones. The professor pointed to these and said, " These are knuckles Ashley, and look here, finger joints! ” Every one of my five senses told me I was looking at two human hands, but this fossil was dated to 130 million years old. A paradox, to say the least.

Scientists claim this 130 million years old fossil is a pair of human hands.

Scientists claim this 130 million years old fossil is a pair of human hands. Author provided.

From time to time archaeologists and palaeontologists discover objects in seemingly impossible contexts that don’t fit their models of how they think things happened to get us here. Often categorised as OOPArts (Out-of-place Artefacts) by cryptozoologists, ancient astronaut theorists, Young Earth creationists and those interested in the paranormal, they are presented to support notions of vanished ancient civilisations with knowledge and technology more advanced than that of modern times. Scientists argue that OOPArts which are not hoaxes are simply misinterpreted. But to supporters, they are hard evidence that mainstream science is covering up the truth, either deliberately or through ignorance.

Having over 20 years of experience, I have developed a simple yet highly effective method for examining and determining the validity of history-challenging artefacts. Considering 99.9% of OOPArts are elaborate hoaxes or misinterpretations, I approach them wearing full-body sceptic armour. Before asking the owners any questions I familiarise myself with their form, texture, shape and colour. After this brief period of contemplation, I begin gathering what is inevitably bias data by asking the owners some simple questions; when, what, how, who, why and when?

After correlating these basic facts and figures about the artefacts, I venture outwards and question the circumstances and people surrounding the moment of discovery.

A 130-million-year-old Human Fossil?

A highly accomplished and respected professor was asking me to consider that humans were as we are today - 130 million years ago. I was perplexed, a little mystified, intrigued, and increasingly pissed off, all at the same time. Was the professor making a fool of me? Were the camera guys rolling in secret?

Ashley interviewing Professor Jamie Gutierrez-Lega.

Ashley interviewing Professor Jamie Gutierrez-Lega. Author provided.

I examined the professor’s high-quality replica of the fossil, which he personally excavated in

 1999 near Bogota, Columbia. He found it in Cretaceous rock dated to around 130 million years old and he showed me black and white photographs of himself with the fossil at a really dramatic mountain location. However, after a very frustrating hour, the predictable chink appeared in the story.

I asked him; “which university had confirmed the fossils were 130 million years old, and that they were actually human hand bones .” The professor replied: “When I announced the discovery in 1999 two professors, Dr. Hovind and Dr. Baugh from a historical organisation in Texas appealed to date the stone. They came to Colombia and I signed the fossil out to them and they still have it.”

This caused me to shudder. I had come across these characters on previous OOPArt investigations. Kent Hovind is an Evangelist who lives in Alabama, US and works as a Christian theme park operator. This scientist is an advocate of Young Earth creationism and was recently convicted of tax-related crimes and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. 

Carl Baugh is a Baptist minister who claims to be an archaeologist with a Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology in Los Angeles. Baugh is a tireless proponent of the claim that human footprints appear alongside dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy Riverbed of Glen Rose, Texas. He is the founder and Director of the Creation Evidence Museum of Texas in Glen Rose where he exhibits OOPArts as evidence that Evolutionary Theory is wrong.


Not that I do not agree with the scientific accuracy of this but could it be possible that human pisiforms did protrude 130 million years ago? If skulls differ in shape then why not the hands as well.

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Thats one of those questions that antagonise scientists, because as you point out, it is ‘not-impossible’. Highly unlikley, but not impossible.

this looks as if they are marine flipper bones and not human at all....sometimes collectors have more money than brains.....

ashley cowie's picture

Thats exactley what they are buddy. But not eveyrbody thinks so!

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