Alleged Mummy found at Nazca, clearly has three fingers and toes

Paradigm Shift Required? 3-Fingered Mummified Humanoid Found in Peru May Change the Story of Human Origins


A remarkable mummified body has been discovered in Nazca, Peru. While mummies can draw attention, this particular find may alter the story of human origins. The crouched mummified body of a humanoid figure with an elongated skull and three fingers on each hand is certainly fascinating, but is it real? And if it is, what could it tell us about human history?

Close up of skull and three, long fingers on the body.

Close up of skull and three, long fingers on the body. (Screenshot Youtube)

Open-minded scientists studying human origins may find themselves in a situation where they have to identify this surprising discovery as true, probable, or a false find. It is important in these situations to remain curious yet skeptical. Numerous hoaxes have been taken as fact in archaeological history, but there are just as many (or more) factual finds that have been discredited for not fitting into mainstream science. As shown with the recent unearthing of 300,000-year-old remains in Morocco, the history of humanity is always transforming. We should keep an open mind yet stay apprehensive about jumping to conclusions on new discoveries, even if they seem incredible at first.

CAT scan image of the body

CAT scan image of the body (Screenshot Youtube)

Jaime Maussan, an investigative journalist from Mexico, first introduced this find to Gaia filmmakers. They joined a team of researchers and scientists just outside of Nazca to investigate the story of the mummified body. A video discussing the analysis of results so far suggests that the body may be unique to the known fossil record.

One of the lead scientists examining this case is Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, a professor at Saint-Petersburg University. Dr. José de Jesús Zalce Benítez, Forensic expert at the National School of Medicine of Mexico, and Natalia Zaloznaja MD PhD, Head of image analysis of the Medical Institute MIBS, also participated in the initial examinations.

The face has large eyes, small nose and only holes where human ears would be

The face has large eyes, small nose and only holes where human ears would be (Screenshot Youtube)

The body measures 168cm (5’6”) tall and has proportions very similar to humans. Features that set the individual apart however are the three long fingers on each hand and the elongated skull and lack of nose and ears (with only holes in these areas.) Dr. Korotkov asserts in the video that these features are not a deformity, but the individual is “another creature, another humanoid.”

The skull is elongated compared to a human

The skull is elongated compared to a human (Screenshot Youtube)

This is not the only example of an elongated skull found in Peru. The ‘ Paracas skulls ’ are the largest elongated skulls found anywhere in the world. They number more than 300 and were found in a graveyard in Paracas, Peru. Some of these skulls date back around 3,000 years. The reason for the shape of these skulls has long been debated, as have their origins. DNA testing of the skulls placed their origins in Europe and the Middle East. Other strange features of these elongated skulls are the different location of the foramen magnum, where the spinal cord attaches to the skull, from normal human skulls and their larger size and heavier weight.

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)

Returning to the mummified body found near Nazca, it is covered in a white powder which was apparently used to dry the skin and preserve the remains. It gives the skin a greyish appearance. The internal organs are said to be intact.

A sample of grey skin was removed from under the white preserving powder

A sample of grey skin was removed from under the white preserving powder (Screenshot Youtube)

Carbon dating of samples from the body show dates between 245 – 410 AD. DNA sequencing is currently underway. Melissa Tittl, Gaia’s Director of Original Content, says in the video that further analysis of CAT scan results is also in progress.

M.K. Jesse, a Musculoskeletal Radiologist at the University of Colorado Hospital, told Gaia that it seems unlikely anyone made changes to the skull or hands to provide their unique appearance.

Senior Director of Content for Gaia, Jay Weidner, says that petroglyphs located near the mummified body show three-fingered humanoid figures as well. Dr. Korotkov pointed out that there are many other examples of three-fingered figures in South American iconography – could these depictions have been based on reality? Or are they only art?

Three-fingered being found amongst petroglyphs nearby in Nazca

Three-fingered being found amongst petroglyphs nearby in Nazca (Screenshot Youtube)

Many questions remain regarding this mummified body: If it is real, is this an example of a forgotten human species? Are the unique features deformities – either developmental or intentional? Could this be evidence of a non-human species? If proven true, what would this discovery mean for the study of human origins and the ancient past? To answer such questions, further examination of the find is required.

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By Alicia McDermott


General comment. As humans were developing would there not have been some 'side species' which never went anywhere and died out ? And surely also some abnormalities would have occurred just as they do today. Just a thought

Hi Kara,

Great Reply! It seems that we may share some common beliefs about the scientific community, and their rigid stance on anything which may challenge the current paradigm. As a critical thinker, I try to keep an open mind, and evaluate both sides of any claim before I make any decision, based on the evidence and the reliability of the sources of said evidence.

After my initial comment on the article, I began to research the subject, and frankly it appears that we have here just another case of the scientific community defending it’s position (no matter how untenable), against all challengers. Clearly a non-scientific method, but one which does provide great economic benefit to the researcher.

The lack of honesty, and close-mindedness within the scientific community is appalling, and I for one, cannot support those researchers who choose monetary gain over true science.

R. Lee Bowers

If i understand correctly, you believe that this is not a fraud. Well, I will tell you this. It is a fraud. Mary Jesse is not a forensic radiologist. Her specialties are in diagnosis of living people. How does that prepare you for identifying a hoax? Most likely she is a patsy and was taken advantage of. She should had at least worked on this under the supervision of a forensic anthropologist. But the ideal team would be a forensic radiologist under the supervision of a forensic anthropologist.

Again, Mary Jesse deals with living humans. She was taken advantage of, I suspect.

This creature has an elongated skull for a larger brain and increased intelligence yet lacks opposable thumbs. Quick Google search on this case with the word "debunk" will answer your questions.

If I misunderstood your comment please excuse me and clarify.

Yeah, let's just Piltdown this one also.

If it is fact, then people don't want to believe the facts. If it is faked, who faked it and for what purpose? To fool the scientific community that you know would be testing it?

People also believed Piltdown for quite a while and still defend the person responsible, even though it was a fraud. They did so in order to keep their current paradigm.

Mary Jesse did not indicate it was a fraud when she tested it, but then again, I suppose the University of Texas turns out crackpots and fraudsters, because that's what one would have to say about her findings that goes against the paradigm.

There comes a point when we are just going to have to start looking realistically about such findings, to close your mind because you need more testing just indicates a deep need to uphold implausible theories because mainstream academia wants you to.

Mary Jesse would have been the first to know if it were fake, but she doesn't indicate that she thought it was. Then again, the mainstream academia was fooled by one of their own in Piltdown, even defending it today.

Do you know just how many people on youtube still defend Piltdown? Doesn't that say something to you about the current paradigm? You have to defend what you know is a fraud in order to follow the goosestepping of modern academia, knowing that modern academia is wrong in every theory. This isn't a scientific adventure anymore, it's dollars in the pockets of those who don't care whether or not the world learns truth.

Yes, let's wait for more testing and in a year from now you won't even hear about it anymore.

For now, I am going to need to reserve judgement of this seemingly game changing find until I see a bit more scientific evidence. Once the DNA sequencing is completed, along with more in depth scans, we may have a conclusive result. Is it fact,of is it fake? Time and more study may just reveal the truth.

R. Lee Bowers


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