According to Russian experts, a mummy discovered in a Peruvian tomb last year with an extended skull and just three fingers on each hand has a distinct physical structure than humans.
A team of St Petersburg experts has presented early study findings on a human-like figure discovered near Nazca, Peru, in the 5th century.
Professor Konstantin Korotkov of the Russian National Research University believes the mummy – which looks to have been an adult woman and has been dubbed Maria – has the same number of chromosomes as a human but is physically different in an examination that has sparked global skepticism.
This mummy, discovered near Nazca in Peru last year, may not have been human, according to Russian experts.
The humanoid Peruvian mummy, which has an extended skull, has a distinct anatomical structure than the human body, according to researchers.In addition to Maria, scientists are looking at another corpse named Vavita, who died when she was nine months old, and four more 70cm-tall male mummies.
“Right now, we’re doing a thorough examination to check if the form of all the chromosomes, all the amino acids, matches ours,” he told Russian news outlet Sputnik.
“There are two limbs, two legs, a head, a pair of eyes, and a mouth on each of the small mummies. Their skeletons are revealed through tomographic scanning. The tissue is biological in origin, and its chemical makeup suggests that it is human.
The Peruvian mummy also features rounded ribs and just three fingers and toes on each leg.
“Their DNA has the same 23 pairs of chromosomes as ours. Each of them has a Y-chromosome, thus they’re all guys. They have the appearance of being human, yet they are not. Their anatomical structures are dissimilar.”
The mummy’s rib structure is an odd, rounded form with some semicircular bones, and it only has three fingers per hand and a head that elongates towards the rear, according to the experts.
Mr Korotkov explained, “Most shockingly, the mouth cavities are present, but the lower jaws are not flexible and show a single whole with the rest of the skull.”
Scientists are still studying the Peruvian mummy’s genetic makeup and have enquired about transporting it to Russia to complete their research.
Last year, a Peruvian mummy was discovered in a tomb in Nazca, in the country’s south, and is being studied with five other figures.
“Maria and Vavita may have been examples of a race that had advanced far further than we had.” Perhaps thousands of years ago.”
While Mr Korotkov speculated that the figurines may have come from extraterrestrial origins, he also stated that there is a strong possibility that they came from prehistoric cultures.
“They were three-fisted, and this genetic trait may manifest itself in future generations,” he explained.
The mummies were discovered in an arid desert location near Nazca, which is famous for its Nazca lines.
“Three-fingered animals, by the way, have been discovered in Peruvian petroglyphic paintings.”
The early findings come despite the fact that the figure appears to be in significantly better condition than other historically unearthed mummies from throughout the world.
Researchers aim to continue studying the statues’ genetic makeup, and have enquired about transporting them from Peru to Russia to expedite the project.