12 June 2013

The Tiny Atacama Desert Mummy

The partially mummified remains of a humanoid creature dubbed Ata was discovered in the Atacama Desert in 2003.

The facts about Ata

  • The specimen is about 15 centimeters tall
  • It is certain that this is not a monkey
  • A sufficient amount of intact DNA was extracted from it and studied
  • It's DNA is closer to human DNA than any other species including our closest relative, the chimpanzee
  • It has at least one human ancestor
  • It has 9 ribs (humans have 12, rarely 11, very rarely 10)
  • It has been determined that it is only a few decades old
  • It is not a fetus, it lived to the age of 6 to 8 years
  • It was breathing, eating and metabolising
  • If this is a human mutation then this would be the most mutated human being ever discovered with significantly more individual genetic mutations than anything else

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