Agilent and the Alien Autopsy

Fifteen years ago, a skeleton was discovered in a deserted town of Chile’s Atacama Desert.  The fully-formed skeleton was only 6 inches tall.  The skull was long and angular.  The eye sockets were slanted.  And there were only 10 pairs of ribs.  (Normal humans have 12 pairs.)

For years, UFO aficionados have pointed to the Atacama skeleton (nicknamed “Sirius”) as evidence of extraterrestrials on Earth.

(I can’t include any photos here for copyright reasons.  But you can view photos and videos of the Atacama skeleton here.)

The skeleton was originally thought to be ancient, but genetic tests indicated it was about 40 years old.  And now, after five years of DNA testing, researchers have announced their conclusion.

The skeleton is human, probably a South American female.  While originally thought to be about six years old, she was more likely a pre-term fetus.  And she suffered from several mutations, including bone disorders.

From a scientific viewpoint, the case is fascinating.  “Ata” (as the scientists call her) had 64 unusual skeletal mutations.  Two of the variants were new to science.  An Agilent Bioanlayzer High Sensitivity Chip was used to assess DNA quality.

“Although the extraordinary phenotype of the specimen drove broad discussion as to its origin (Sirius), and no hypothesis was left off the table during analysis,” the researchers write, “the specimen is shown here to have a purely earthly origin.”

What caused Ata’s high number of genetic abnormalities?

“Although we can only speculate as to the cause for multiple mutations in Ata’s genome,” the researchers write, “the specimen was found in La Noria, one of the Atacama Desert’s many abandoned nitrate mining towns, which suggests a possible role for prenatal nitrate exposure leading to DNA damage.”

And among UFO hunters, the search for evidence continues…

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