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Artistic representations of the Paracas people. Credit: Marcia K. Moore

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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More things in heaven and earth? Here we have concrete proof of a new species of humanoids. Where did they come from? Maybe the crash landed here and this is all that remained... They may have been advanced enough to teach the locals some things?

nice article, I wonder if they were a part one of the various population bottlenecks like what probably happened in with the Toba Catastrophe(a volcanic supereruption 69-77,000 yrs ago that caused a 6yr long world wide winter)..

This is very interesting, but the presence of DNA that doesn't correspond to anything in our database may simply mean that our database covers only the currently living bloodlines of humanity. There may have been many human variations that have died out long before our databases were created.

Interesting theory. Where is your evidence? Please site some sources...

when your connecting the dots.
these sure look like Allegewi who after a war( with mengewi ( MN, MENE) were forced south and mingled with the Natchez. YOU can also google their pictures to see they don't look like what has become sciences preferred "native american type", and other government sponsored types.. as it seem they prefer Asians and Asians dna to help prove bering straits ideas and thus to be able to create time , when there is not time. Sciences goal is not prove prove the truth, it is only to prove there is not a God and no creator.
there is also a site which explains how the Alegre, Alleshir , Aleshya/Aleshya/Alasyia, Allegani , Elis , Elisium etc etc etc etc OR how these the "Isles of Elishah were divided with his other brothers and Tarshish( probably his sister) KITTIM/ KITUWAH /Kets/ + more for a clue <<<<>------{ :) in a world wide trading networks when the world was changed at the time of the bronze age collapse. so really all elements of sea traveling people were on every island before the events of 3200 years ago. thus NO Asian looking tribes killed off all of the non asian looking tribes.. well that kind of happened but they all were all
"native" to here too aka all had an inheritance here also and thus shared parts of ISLANDs land masses with their cousins.. but the land masses all changed world wide just 3200 years ago.

.. I 'm pretty sure they did head shaping but I suspect that was to keep up some kind connection to our original/ created form , and pretend to still be in our original created to live forever forms. because humanity has de-evolved very quickly from giants with two rows of teeth created to chew forever and 6 fingers on the 6th day.
and yes the 4 cousins were on all the Island land masses at about the same time.

when the sea level got a lot lot lot lower , up to 800 to 1200 ft the sea levels dropped everywhere in the world about 3200 year ago . if they lived through it they all started fighting over room to expand on to the new land ..but even today it is very unproductive land and only grasslands because it was just 3200 years ago it was the bottom of the sea . . but it grows big buffalo and Elk now .

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