A mummy that was found in a tomb in Southern Peru isn’t human, a scientist has claimed.
The mummy, named Maria, was found near the Nazca Lines and dates back to the 5th century AD.
She was one of six mummies found in the tomb, including a nine-month old child called Vavita.
Professor Konstantin Korotkov, from the Russian National Research University, told Sputnik News:
Each of the mummies has two arms, two legs, a head, a pair of eyes and a mouth.
The tissue has biological nature and their chemical composition indicated that they are humans. Their DNA features 23 pairs of chromosomes, just like we have. All the four of them are males, each with a Y-chromosome. They appear human but they are not. Their anatomic structure is different.
Maria and Vavita could have been representatives of a certain race which had possibly reached a stage of advancement much earlier than we did. Maybe thousands of years earlier.
The science community – and everyone else, for that matter – are sceptical.
The World Congress on Mummy Studies is describing it as a fraud, and says it is “an irresponsible organised campaign of disinformation".
Author of the UFO Investigations Manual, Nigel Watson, told the Mail Online:
I think the whole saga of finding these mummies is laughable and they are very probably fakes.
'The new evidence does indicate the Maria is human, the only strange thing is that she has an unusual rib structure.
This is probably because she is a so-called bone montage made by fakers.
Dr Korotkov, who is a fellow at New Earth University, also claims to have a camera that can photograph souls.