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

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


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


This story is so sketchy, and Foerster deserves none of this attention.

The star-child skull and now the Paracas elongated skull both have DNA currently unknown to us, along with a few sasquatch hair samples as well. That's enough proof for me to disbelieve all of those stupid prehistoric theories on evolution that they are still trying to preach to the masses.

You should speculate. That's how ideas get started. But do take care to remember that this is what you are doing. If you actually want to develop some theories? Well, then you're going to need more facts.

That's why I was requesting the scientific paper on this. This is not my field either. I'm a Systems Analyst. But here is a story that implies that we have finally determined the source of these enlongated skulls, and the story would stand the Archaeological world on its ear, because it would require global travel thousands of years before it's supposed to have existed in order to satisfy all requirements. Naturally I want more information. I've followed this particular topic for at least thirty years

What with the atacama 'alien', the star-child skull and now the Paracas elongated skull genetic testing is definitely leading us into exciting avenues. Unfortunetly all three of these 'mysteries' require much more testing (and much more money) before anything conclusive is revealed. Should this stop us from building potential theories based on preliminary findings? I really don't think it should. As long as we are willing to adapt and modify our theories as new evidence comes to light there is no harm in addressing the potentialities, just as any Detective that is investigating a crime. Personally, I am no geneticist or archeologist but rely on my own capacities to infer ideas and build knowledge. Does this mean I'm always right? Of course not but I am always willing to doubt and re-asses any theories I do have. This was an very interesting article and I'm very pleased to have found this site. Thankyou to all of you that put together.

Yes Tim, there seems to be some form of suppression of any of this type of information that relates to different species existing in our near ancient past, even going so far as to raid the museums in Iraq after the US occupation and specifically removing or destroying certain artifacts of this nature.


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