A Paracas elongated skull and an artist’s impression based on a digital reconstruction.

New DNA Testing on 2,000-Year-Old Elongated Paracas Skulls Changes Known History

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The elongated skulls of Paracas in Peru caused a stir in 2014 when a geneticist that carried out preliminary DNA testing reported that they have mitochondrial DNA “with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far”. Now a second round of DNA testing has been completed and the results are just as controversial – the skulls tested, which date back as far as 2,000 years, were shown to have European and Middle Eastern Origin. These surprising results change the known history about how the Americas were populated.

Paracas is a desert peninsula located within Pisco Province on the south coast of Peru.  It is here where 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, some of which date back around 3,000 years.

Elongated skulls on display at Museo Regional de Ica in the city of Ica in Peru

Elongated skulls on display at Museo Regional de Ica in the city of Ica in Peru ( public domain )

Strange Features of the Paracas 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 other features that are characteristic of a regular human skull.

In a recent interview with Ancient Origins, author and researcher LA Marzulli describes how some of the Paracas skulls are different to ordinary human skulls:

“There is a possibility that it might have been cradle headboarded, but the reason why I don’t think so is because the position of the foramen magnum is back towards the rear of the skull. A normal foramen magnum would be closer to the jaw line…”

LA Marzulli points to the position of the foramen magnum in a Paracas skull which is also the point at which they drilled in order to extract bone powder for DNA testing.

LA Marzulli points to the position of the foramen magnum in a Paracas skull which is also the point at which they drilled in order to extract bone powder for DNA testing.

Marzulli explained that an archaeologist has written a paper about his study of the position of the foramen magnum in over 1000 skulls. “He states that the Paracas skulls, the position of the foramen magnum is completely different than a normal human being, it is also smaller, which lends itself to our theory that this is not cradle headboarding, this is genetic.”

In addition, Marzulli described how some of the Paracas skulls have a very pronounced zygomatic arch (cheek bone), different eye sockets and no sagittal suture, which is a connective tissue joint between the two parietal bones of the skull.

The pronounced cheek bones can be seen in artist Marcia Moore’s interpretation of how the Paracas people looked based on a digital reconstruction from the skulls.

The pronounced cheek bones can be seen in artist Marcia Moore’s interpretation of how the Paracas people looked based on a digital reconstruction from the skulls. Marcia Moore  / Ciamar Studio

In a normal human skull, there should be a suture which goes from the frontal plate … clear over the dome of the skull separating the parietal plates - the two separate plates – and connecting with the occipital plate in the rear,” said Marzulli. “We see many skulls in Paracas that are completely devoid of a sagittal suture.

There is a disease known as craniosynostosis, which results in the fusing together of the two parietal plates, however, Marzulli said there is no evidence of this disease in the Paracas skulls.

The sagittal suture, highlighted in red, separates the two parietal plates

The sagittal suture, highlighted in red, separates the two parietal plates ( public domain )

LA Marzulli shows the top of one of the Paracas skulls, which has no sagittal suture.

LA Marzulli shows the top of one of the Paracas skulls, which has no sagittal suture.

DNA Testing

The late Sr. Juan Navarro, owner and director of the Museo Arqueologico Paracas, which houses a collection of 35 of the Paracas skulls, allowed the taking of samples from three of the elongated skulls for DNA testing, including one infant. Another sample was obtained from a Peruvian skull that had been in the US for 75 years. One of the skulls was dated to around 2,000 years old, while another was 800 years old.

The samples consisted of hair and bone powder, which was extracted by drilling deeply into the foramen magnum. This process, Marzulli explained, is to reduce the risk of contamination. In addition, full protective clothing was worn.

The samples were then sent to three separate labs for testing – one in Canada, and two in the United States. The geneticists were only told that the samples came from an ancient mummy, so as not to create any preconceived ideas.  

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very interesting

Carol Ann1's picture

While I am not a believer in alien hybrids and would not buy any books about ‘nephilims’, it would not surprise me to learn that the ancestors of some South American people originated from Europe/Middle East….I have long been a fan of Thor Heyerdahl and his experiments and have never believed that the Siberian land bridge was the only way humans could have migrated here before Christopher Columbus.  There were master boat builders/sailors thousands of years before in Europe/Mediterranean region.  Awhile back I was looking at the Paracas people’s textile work, which was very skilled, and came across an interesting symbol of a two headed bird, which I had seen before from other cultures which had borrowed it over time.  Turns out its origin was from the Hittites, who were also reported to have red hair and extremely elongated skulls from some of the oldest descriptions I’ve read about them.  So a Mesopotamian/Syrian origin found in DNA tests of the Paracas skulls would be very interesting to me...if valid.  Hopefully others will take up the challenge and do further testing to see if these results can be verified :-)  Here is a link to the two headed bird symbol used by Paracas shamans, for anyone who might be interested:  http://ololopress.com/amm/sky1.htm

Carol Ann1

upon viewing the two headed bird symbol pictured which seems completely symmetric .creating this image on a folded piece of cloth or paper drawing half then opening the paper as a method to create this image immediately comes to mind ..I've seen similar images in Hindu mythology called Gandaberunda or Berunda ...Source; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandaberunda

The contributor of this article admits that they are not scientists, and that their theory is bogus and meant to brainwash the most unintelligent of people who reads this fiction about blond/red haired pale Europeans being the elongated skull people of Paracas, Peru….First there was the “Alien Theory” even though no one has ever seen an Alien other than in “Starwars” movies, then there are the theories about red/blond haired Europeans who basically had very little if any civilized communities which dates back further than 3000 years, which is more like the actual date of those elongated Peruvian skulls.  The African cranial art of “LIPOMBO” has been practiced for thousands of years among African Royal leaders, and can be observed in ancient royal tombs and pyramidal reliefs of such notables as King Tut, Nefertiti, Akhenaten etc, all which dates back more than 3000 years ago.  Even today, the Mangbetu Tribe of the Congo continues to practce this ancient skull deformation which is known as “Lipombo” among its tribal leaders, as to distinguish them from the common people..  As far as the so call “Middle Eastern” element is concerned, the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia referred to themselves as “SAGIGGA” which meant black/bald headed people, and they called their territory “Kengi” which meant CIVILIZED PEOPLE since the people who resided on both sides of the Caucasus mountains were called “Schythian’s” (Paleo/Slavic) people who were considered uncivilized and nomadic, without any permanent or sedentary communities dating  back to 3500 BCE..  The :Levant, which was a territory stretching northward of the ancient Egyptian border, such as Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon where the people were called Canaanites (Phoenicians) was colonized by the Black Egyptian pharaoh Thutmosis III in 1457 BCE.  The “Levant” remained an Egyptian “VASSAL” from the time of colonization until the last of the remaining Canaanite (Phoenician) was destroyed in what is today, Lebanon….Many Black Egyptian 100% Black race pharoahs had this red hair coloring, as well as today there are still Black Africans who use this same ancient compound which turns hair red, which is a proven fact.  Given the fact that ancient Meso-American Olmec’s who were definitely 100% Black people, and some even carved with “AFRO HAIR” such as the “El Negro” Olmec statue which is on display at the national museum in Tuxteco, Mexico, the “Moon and Sun” pyramids that were built by African architectural and engineering builders, it isno doubt that all of this debate about “Elongated Skulls” in Paracas that supposedly date back to as late as 800 A.D. had its original start in ancient Africa, and not in Europe, Asia or the Galaxy with Aliens who had little green antennaes...

Charles Bowles

"...even though no one has ever seen an Alien other than in “Starwars” movies"

Not true. Many people from all over the world have seen them for millennia and have been documented in a variety of ways, however, most people nowadays simply dismiss this as mythology, etc. Many, many alien craft have been filmed and even documented for quite some time now but skeptics offer ridiculous alternative explanations.

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