Peru has launched a criminal investigation into how alleged “non-human alien corpses” were taken out of the country to be displayed at the Mexican Congress last week, causing a stir among UFO conspiracy theorists.
Peruvian Culture Minister Leslie Urteaga has questioned how the bodies with human features, which she said were pre-Hispanic objects, left the country – and said a criminal complaint has been filed.
Controversial Mexican journalist and UFO enthusiast Jaime Maussan claimed that the two humanoid “corpses” were found in Cusco, Peru, near the pre-Columbian Nazca Lines in 2017.
Mexican doctors who examined the two bodies, with elongated heads and three fingers on each hand, claimed they found “no evidence of any assembly or manipulation of the skulls” – but other scientists believed the discovery was an elaborate trick.
Maussan, 70, who called the alleged aliens “the most important thing that has happened to humanity,” denied any wrongdoing.
“I’m not worried. I did absolutely nothing illegal,” Maussan said, referring to the Peruvian investigation.
How the so-called alien bodies got to Mexico is a question he cannot answer.
They were on loan from Maussan for last week’s congressional hearing and were in the possession of another man who was in Maussan’s Mexico City office on Friday and declined to be named.
When asked how the hominids – whom he called Clara and Mauricio – came into his possession, the unknown Mexican replied cryptically that he would reveal everything “in due course.”
An examination of the two samples was conducted on Monday at the Noor Clinic in Mexico and livestreamed on Maussan’s YouTube channel.
José Zalce Benitez, director of the Health Sciences Research Institute at the Mexican Navy Ministry’s office, said tests showed the suspected aliens belonged to a single skeleton and were not composed of human objects.
“Based on the DNA tests, which have been compared to more than a million species … they are unrelated to what has been previously known or described by science or human knowledge,” he said.
One of them, which Maussan described as a female, was discovered to have lumps in its stomach, which Benitez said could be eggs.
The scientist previously said of the ancient-looking bodies, each with one mouth, two eyes, two arms and two legs, that they “have no relation to humans.”
On social media and in the hearing, Maussan claimed that researchers at the Institute of Astronomy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico used carbon dating to determine that the bodies were about 1,000 years old.
According to the UFO enthusiast, the analysis revealed that the humanoids are not related to any known terrestrial species – and that a third of their DNA is “unknown.”
“These specimens are not part of our Earth’s evolutionary history,” Massaun told Mexican government officials and U.S. officials who attended the warming.
The university has since distanced itself from Maussan, claiming its scientists did not participate in the research and never came into contact with the complete “corpses.”
“We under no circumstances draw any conclusions about the origin of these samples,” the university’s National Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory said in a statement.
Julieta Fierro, a scientist at the Institute of Astronomy at the National Autonomous University who reviewed Maussan’s test results for Reuters, cleared up some of the mysteries surrounding the data.
She said the presence of carbon-14 allegedly detected in the samples proves that the samples were brain and skin tissue from different mummies who died at different times.
Overall, Fierro concluded that the results “show nothing mysterious that might indicate life connections that do not exist on Earth.”
Many other scientists around the world have questioned Maussan’s otherworldly claims.
“What we said before remains, they present the same repetition as always and if there are people who continue to believe that, then what can we do?” said Elsa Tomasto-Cagigao, a respected Peruvian biological anthropologist. “It’s so stark and so simple that there’s nothing more to add.”
Previous finds of this type have been revealed by the scientific community to be mutilated mummies of pre-Hispanic children, sometimes manipulated with animal bones.
Former U.S. Navy pilot Ryan Graves, who attended the hearing to describe his personal experiences with alleged UFO sightings, later called Maussan’s presentation a “stunt.”
“Yesterday’s demonstration was a major step backwards on this issue,” Graves wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “I am deeply disappointed by this unfounded stunt.”
Maussan has made controversial claims about other “extraterrestrial” remains in the past, which have been widely discredited.
In 2017, he participated in a television documentary about other specimens recovered near Peru’s Nazca Lines that experts said appeared to have been made from modified mummies.
With post wires