'Ata' The Alien Pixie: Chilean Micro-Humanoid Found

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You can now buy the Sirius documentary from Amazon UK. Here's a review:

There were times while watching Sirius that convinced me that this documentary was a cleverly constructed piece of satire – so much so that I had t look the whole thing up online after viewing, at which pint I was somewhat disheartened to find that it was, in fact, exactly what it claimed to be...
http://www.strangethingsarehappening.com/sirius-dvd-review.html
 

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Here's an update on the story, based on subsequent research and analysis ...

No, It's Not an Alien — Here's What That Tiny, Pointy-Headed Skeleton Really Is
A tiny, pointy-headed skeleton that fits in the palm of a hand isn't an alien, despite conspiracy theories that have circulated for years.

The skeleton, with a dramatically elongated skull and an underdeveloped jaw and face, was uncovered in Chile's Atacama Desert in 2003, and mystified scientists when it was first found.

Research published in 2013 offered some clues about the skeleton's bizarre appearance, but five additional years of genetic analysis have provided even more answers. Examination of the skeleton's entire genome revealed that it was Chilean and female, and that its misshapen skull and other deformities might be linked to a host of genetic mutations that affect bone development. Together, those mutations shaped an array of abnormalities that gave the remains an alien-like form. ....

FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/62097-tiny-skeleton-not-alien.html

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/22/health/atacama-skeleton-mystery/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/science/ata-mummy-alien-chile.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
 

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Another research team has analyzed the data and reported their opinions. They don't dispute the basic conclusion that the figure is a mummified human fetus, but they question just how 'anomalous' certain features may be. They then express reservations about the ethics of some prior actions taken with the remains.

'Alien' Mummy DNA Probe May Have Crossed Ethical Lines
The severely elongated head of a preserved skeleton found in Peru's Atacama Desert in 2003 is so unusual that it initially prompted people to suggest that the diminutive body was that of an extraterrestrial.

Since then, DNA testing confirmed that the remains — which measure about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long — belonged to a human fetus that researchers named Ata. But the scientists who conducted that investigation and published their findings in March have recently come under fire for their methods.

Yesterday (July 18), another group of researchers presented an evaluation of the earlier study, publishing an analysis in the International Journal of Paleopathology. They criticized the prior research, suggesting that its conclusions about the skeleton's so-called abnormalities — such as missing ribs — reflected an incomplete understanding of normal fetal development. That mistaken interpretation of the remains led the scientists to proceed with DNA extraction that damaged part of the skeleton. Their investigation, which did not include any Chilean researchers, may have sidestepped protocols that typically monitor the ethics of research conducted with human remains, as their publication omitted "a sufficient ethics statement or archaeological permit," Kristina Killgrove, co-author of the new study and an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, wrote in an article for Forbes.

In the new paper, the authors pointed out that the mummy's unusual-looking skull and body were not necessarily the result of "anomalies," as the previous research suggested. Rather, the skull could have been elongated by vaginal delivery of the preterm fetus, while heat and pressure underground after the body was buried could have further compressed the cranium, the scientists reported. ...

The authors of the new analysis also questioned the earlier research's suggestion that "novel mutations" could explain the mummy's size. The authors noted that skeletal development at the fetus' suspected age, 15 weeks, would not have been affected by the genetic variants that the researchers described in the previous study.

Because the remains are thought to be just a few decades old, studying them raises ethical concerns that the March study did not adequately address ... Furthermore, as DNA extraction can destroy some of the body's tissues, additional restrictions typically apply for such an examination. And it is unclear from the prior study that DNA sampling was required to begin with ...

"Unfortunately, there was no scientific rationale to undertake genomic analyses of Ata, because the skeleton is normal," the authors wrote in the new study, adding that the whole-genome testing previously performed "was unnecessary and unethical."

"We caution DNA researchers about getting involved in cases that lack clear context and legality, or where the remains have resided in private collections," the study authors concluded.

SOURCE: https://www.livescience.com/63106-alien-baby-mummy-ethics.html
 

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Here's the publication data and a link to the published research item cited in post #42:

On engagement with anthropology: A critical evaluation of skeletal and developmental abnormalities in the Atacama preterm baby and issues of forensic and bioarchaeological research ethics. Response to Bhattacharya et al. “Whole-genome sequencing of Atacama skeleton shows novel mutations linked with dysplasia” in Genome Research, 2018, 28: 423–431. Doi: 10.1101/gr.223693.117

International Journal of Paleopathology

Volume 22, September 2018, Pages 97-100

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879981718300548?via=ihub
 

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Tried my best to locate an appropriate thread and please redirect as necessary. (Done.)

The connection would be an article which I only recently became aware of - typically searching for something which seemed unrelated - and I can't see any previous mention on the forums.

Thought this 2013 article might be interesting?

Bizarre 6-Inch Skeleton Shown to Be Human

Tiny "ET" gets a scientific debunking

3 May, 2013

Alien? Subhuman primate? Deformed child? Mummified fetus? The Internet is buzzing over the nature of "Ata," a bizarre 6-inch-long skeleton featured in a new documentary on UFOs. A Stanford University scientist who boldly entered the fray has now put to rest doubts about what species Ata belongs to. But the mystery is not over.

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https://www.science.org/content/article/bizarre-6-inch-skeleton-shown-be-human-rev2
 

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Tried my best to locate an appropriate thread and please redirect as necessary.
Thank you - the difficulty was that you can't search for 'aka', because it's too short for a search.

This is a fascinating topic and I did consequentially locate a YouTube video which might... not sure... be relevant?

Why Are There So Many Child Mummies In Chile

 
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