A tiny skeleton with an alien-like cone head and unusual amount of ribs discovered ten years ago has inspired speculation again following the release of Sirius, a UFO conspiracy documentary film.
The film follows Dr. Stephen Greer, an osteopath and ufologist, to Chile where he performed an exam on the six-inch mummified body, collecting DNA samples.
Greer’s analysis concluded that the body was human, not alien, and despite the size had lived to be six or seven years old. The high amount of calcium in its bones indicated that the skeleton had not been a fetus.
The skeleton was later transferred to Stanford, where professor of microbiology and immunology Garry Nolan probed the bones. His findings were also featured in Sirius
"I've only scratched the surface in the analysis.” He said, “But there is nothing that jumps out so far as to scream 'nonhuman.'"
While nine percent of the genes could not be referenced to human genomes, the mismatch could be attributed to various factors like degradation, artifacts from lab preparation of the specimen or insufficient data.
Nolan and his team analyzed the skeleton with high-resolution photography, x-rays, and computed tomography scans. The goal was to discover some mutation that could lead to an irregular amount of ribs (10 instead of 12) and high-head syndrome. Nolan wrote that his research did not point to dwarfism as a cause for the disfigurements at this stage of the analysis.
"It's an interesting medical mystery of an unfortunate human with a series of birth defects that currently the genetics of which are not obvious," Nolan wrote.