Elongated Skull in Paracas

Initial DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skull released – with incredible results

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Paracas is a desert peninsula located within the Pisco Province in the Inca Region, on the south coast of Peru.  It is here were Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, made an amazing discovery in 1928 – a massive and elaborate graveyard containing tombs filled with the remains of individuals with the largest elongated skulls found anywhere in the world. These have come to be known as the ‘ Paracas skulls ’. In total, Tello found more than 300 of these elongated skulls, which are believed to date back around 3,000 years. A DNA analysis has now been conducted on one of the skulls and expert Brien Foerster has released preliminary information regarding these enigmatic skulls.

It is well-known that most cases of skull elongation are the result of cranial deformation, head flattening, or head binding, in which the skull is intentionally deformed by applying force over a long period of time. It is usually achieved by binding the head between two pieces of wood, or binding in cloth. However, while cranial deformation changes the shape of the skull, it does not alter its volume, weight, or other features that are characteristic of a regular human skull.

The Paracas skulls, however, are different.  The cranial volume is up to 25 percent larger and 60 percent heavier than conventional human skulls, meaning they could not have been intentionally deformed through head binding/flattening. They also contain only one parietal plate, rather than two. The fact that the skulls’ features are not the result of cranial deformation means that the cause of the elongation is a mystery, and has been for decades. 

Artistic - Elongated Skull

An artist’s impression based on a Paracas skull. Photo credit: Marcia Moore / Ciamar Studio

Mr. Juan Navarro, owner and director of the local museum, called the Paracas History Museum, which houses a collection of 35 of the Paracas skulls, allowed the taking of samples from 5 of the skulls. The samples consisted of hair, including roots, a tooth, skull bone and skin, and this process was carefully documented via photos and video. Samples from three skulls were sent to the geneticist, although the geneticist was not given any information about what they came from until after the genetic testing, so as not to create any preconceived ideas.  

The results of a DNA analysis of one of the skulls are now back, and Brien Foerster, author of more than ten books and an authority on the ancient elongated headed people of South America, has just revealed the preliminary results of the analysis. He reports on the geneticist's findings:

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.

The implications are of course huge. “I am not sure it will even fit into the known evolutionary tree,” the geneticist wrote. He added that if the Paracas individuals were so biologically different, they would not have been able to interbreed with humans.

The result of this analysis is only phase one of many phases of analysis due to take place.  The next tests will involve having the initial test replicated, and conducted on other skulls, so that the results can be compared to see if there are any specific Paracas characteristics. We will update when more details emerge.

Watch the video interview with Brien Foerster revealing new details about the genetic analysis.

Featured Image: An elongated skull found in Paracas

By April Holloway

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I'm always suspicious of, and annoyed by, people who are afraid of discussion. It so often seems that these same people who loudly proclaim themselves to be so open-minded and interested in truth, who turn out to be THE most dogmatic and afraid of truths that may upset THEIR beliefs. Just what would they do if those stupid "fairy" stories turned out to be true?

On the surface, it is a good idea to let archaeologists "of repute" look at this first. But then that is not exactly what you said, is it? You said "discuss the implications first." There are at least two problems here. The first is the question of the "implications" for whom, and for what? Another, these skulls have been around for a long time and archaeologists have in fact known about them but publicly have shown no interest. Or, I must admit the possibility that they have had interest, perhaps a lot of it, but had a look to the security of their own careers before doing or saying anything that might disturb the official model of human history and their jobs. In point of fact, if these stories were not printed here the public would still be in the dark about them, and insofar unable to make their own contributions to public discussion about them. But then you and a whole lot more like you are ready to tell otherwise intelligent and well educated people that they are not "archaeologists of repute" and therefore are not invited to the party. The public can pay your salaries but are not allowed to know what it is you (claim to) know, eh? And before you or others dismiss these comments as from one of those who has not been invited to the party, one of the uninitiated and therefore someone who should not be listened to, I spent from 1972 to 1998 as either a student or faculty member of a large university and I know the way of the networks and what has been called in recent years the "knowledge screen." As an example of the ongoing conspiracy of silence, of which Quenten walker's comments are a part, or at least seem to serve, B. Fell published his work on ancient writings on the American continent in the 1970's when I was studying anthropology. You would have thought it would have been a sensation in anthropology departments all across the nation. But the fact is I did not hear about it and had to stumble on a copy by accident 30 years later! So, readers should not imagine that these skulls will be handled any more responsibly than were the Dead Sea scrolls by the archaeologists and linguists "of repute." Those scrolls belonged to the whole world, and yet those men, ethical morons, sat on them with a proprietary strangle hold for almost 50 years!
My advice then is to stick with this web site and use it to help you to think for yourself. If you trust the official archaeologists of the official academy you may be long dead before the truth comes out. That is my view and that is my experience. JWC

Thank you for your balanced, common-sense post.

"never retract them when found to be wrong.". Perhaps you should notice more the way "scientists" and "skeptics" and "debunkers" Never admit THEY were wrong when the reality of some suppressed idea becomes mainstream.
I am reminded of the ridicule heaped upon people who claimed that rocks had fallen from the sky - obviously stupid nonsense - until the reality of Metorites became established. Or the totally crazy people who claimed to notice how the shapes of continents fitted together - until Contental Drift and plate tectonics were discovered.
It's not just that people of this (ridgid and fearful) mindset reject evidence, it's that they use suppression and ridicule as if they were valid that pisses me off.

That last half line of yours. "it's that they use suppression and ridicule as if they were valid". The real problem with so many topics. One does not reach a truth when that goes on. It pisses me off too.

The fact that old time paint artists even thought to place those certain shaped objects into their skies. The fact that thousands and thousands of witnesses, "credible" (another peeve) people of science and power, Pilots that are in the skies for decades, people of all walks, seeing the same objects long before known technology of men could be what they all saw. They have been around for a long time if not our origin. The only thing that will bum me out, is if time travel is possible.

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