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


Why do all the depictions show pronounced brow ridges while the skull shows none?

Those heads belonged to a group of people that were complimented to much in their own time... thus giving rise to the old saying"Don't let it go to your head"! Aliens! ... really?

i hope dna from elongated skulls in the royal tombs of ur can be compared to the paracas skulls too.

The second I saw Armine's new artwork I thought immediately of the elongated skulls found in Peru. Armine Baghdasaryan is a Disabled Artist who is hard of hearing. Her world of communication may be very different than ours. The names of the paintings, the beautiful sentient being like paintings of the elongated skull people are amazing. Did they contact her in dreams, or in some other way? You have to see these paintings to see what I mean. I can't put a link on here to show you but you can see them in an album I have posted on my FB page at DisabledArtistsNetwork There are very interesting religious connations and symbols as well. Were these beings alive today, they might appear like this.

I disagree with the assertion that genetics will automatically limit the size of your brain. I am of the opinion that it is the use of the brain which causes it to grow large or not. I believe that most of the skulls we see are the result of head-binding but that this still has a celestial component.

According to my theory, when islanders arrived in the area of South America they were visited by some guardians of destiny, some people like The Elohim, who gave them information regarding the need to build pyramids and sacrifice their own kind in order to assure bountiful harvests. Now these Paracas people appear to be a different group that arrived here who are obviously of some kind of Nordic descent, considering the red hair. These people must have encountered a different kind of guardian who gave them different instructions.

The instructions they received, instead of to build pyramids, was to bind the heads of their newborns. The binding of the forehead meant that there could be no development of the frontal cortex, responsible for language. This meant that this race of people with the bound heads would evolve very differently and not use language or any other cognitive functions of the frontal cortex which we would traditionally associate as being the key hallmark of the human species.

Furthermore, the wrapping of the head would not only restrict the frontal cortex but also the back part of the brain. It is the back part of the brain that was so much larger in The Neanderthals that made their craniums larger than modern homo sapiens. I believe this back part of the brain allowed Neanderthals to communicate with one another silently, without the use of any language as we know it.

Lastly, with the bound heads of these Paracas people, this left only one direction for the brain to grow, and that is up. This creates the cone-shaped structure of these people's brains which is similar to how many people report that the Yeti appears, with a somewhat cone shaped skull. Now, some of the people with the bound heads with the brains growing upwards discovered that this new upward growth allowed them to use a whole new capacity of their brains. Specifically, it gave them the ability to communicate psychically with the guardians that instructed them to do this. Those who recognized this new ability and were able to use it achieved a new kind of inspiration or enlightenment of this sort which, by exercising this new mental capacity, caused their brains to grow bigger than ours. Some of those with the bound heads, however, were not able to tune into this ability, and so the binding of these people's skulls resulted in deformed skulls, yes, but no increase in brain size or capacity.

So there you have it, the answer of how cosmic guardians of destiny granted these people new mental powers by telling them, the secret of head-binding. Of course, with the bound head these people would have none of the kind of language abilities which characterize humanity at large and which we ourselves are so fond of, and so to take on this practice is truly to evolve a new kind of human which are more like those celestial guardians that visited these particular exploratory people.


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