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Three-fingered mummies found in Peru look like humans but may be aliens. Or are they fake?

Staff writers, March 14, 2018 7:56PM The Sun

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Three-fingered mummies found in Peru look like humans, but scientists say they are not. media_cameraThree-fingered mummies found in Peru look like humans, but scientists say they are not.

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A set of three-fingered “mummies”* recently discovered in Peru are not human and could be aliens, a scientist has claimed.

Professor Konstantin Korotkov, from the Russian National Research University, said the supposedly ancient remains had human-like features but were not homo sapiens*.

Scientists examine one of the three-fingered mummies in Peru. Picture: Gaia.com media_cameraScientists examine one of the three-fingered mummies in Peru. Picture: Gaia.com

Prof Korotkov has examined mummies found by researchers in Nazca, Peru, which date back as far as 6500 years.

He told Sputnik News: “Each of the little mummies has two arms, two legs, a head, a pair of eyes and a mouth.

“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.”

Another skeletal* specialist, Dr Edson Vivanco, has also concluded the remains are of “non-human beings”, the Daily Express reported.

While the strange three-fingered and three-toed corpses have been branded fake by other scientists, Dr Vivanco said: “There are lots of details that indicate that the bodies are real.

“To recreate a skull with these characteristics is a very difficult task.”

The scientist insists if they were fake, he would be the “first to say and report it”.

The skeletons of the mummies have human-like qualities. media_cameraThe skeletons of the mummies have human-like qualities.

Footage of a so-called mummified alien was released in June last year in the ancient city of Nazca, Peru.

The video was posted by website Gaia.com which charged curious users money to view it.

The site claims the body was dug up during an excavation of mysterious caves.

Sceptical* viewers pointed out the “corpse” looks like it is a half-finished cardboard creation.

One viewer commented: “Something seems off. The corpse looks like it was made of plaster.”

Scientists are debating if the mummies are real or fake. media_cameraScientists are debating if the mummies are real or fake.
X-rays show a skeletal system similar to humans. media_cameraX-rays show a skeletal system similar to humans.

Dr Vivanco rejected the non-believers saying: “Right now, we are studying the evidence. And so far, we haven’t found anything to say it is a fraud*, or that the bodies have been modified or altered in any way.

“We have lots of evidence that sets us on the path to prove that this is real.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

GLOSSARY

mummies: a body that has dried up and been preserved over time

homo sapien: scientific name for a human being

chromosomes: they carry all of the information (DNA) used to help a body cell grow, thrive, and reproduce

skeletal: relating to the skeleton

fraud: tricking someone to make or steal money

sceptical: having doubts

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1. Where were the mummies found? 
2. What is the scientific name for humans? 
3. How many toes do the mummies have? 
4. How many pairs of chromosomes do the bodies have? 
5. What gender are they?

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1. Pick a side

This article is written in a way that presents both the possibility of the mummies being real or of them being fake. However some ‘news’ sources could choose to present the story from only one side — either using only information that claimed that the mummies are truly aliens or presenting the find as an elaborate hoax. Choose one side and re-write your own version of the news that only presents one side of the story. Make sure you have an attention-grabbing headline for your article too.

Extension: Create a table that lists the similarities and differences between humans and the mummies.

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The mummies that are the subject of this article are extremely mysterious. So much is unknown about them, including if they are even real. Set a timer for 15 minutes and brainstorm as many questions as you can think of that you would like to see answered about these mummies.

Extension: Sort your questions into two categories — ones that could potentially be answered and ones that you believe will remain a mystery.

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