By Cassandra Garrison
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Congress heard on Tuesday from researchers who declared authentic a group of three-fingered Peruvian mummies recently presented as potential evidence of non-human life forms, but refused to confirm that the remains were extraterrestrial.
Lawmakers first heard from a Mexican journalist and UFO enthusiast on September 13, when he presented two specimens in a unique congress event dedicated to UFOs (FANIs in Spanish). Maussan said the bodies, believed to have been found near the ancient Nazca lines in Peru, had nothing to do with life on Earth.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Maussan focused more on proving that the bodies not put on display this time were not fakes, ushering in a line of doctors who all said the bodies were real , once living organisms.
Nevertheless, he left room for questions about their origins.
“None of the scientists say that [the study results] “Prove they are aliens, but I’ll go further,” he said, suggesting they could be evidence of non-Terrestrial life forms.
Anthropologist Roger Zuniga of San Luis Gonzaga National University in Ica, Peru, said researchers studied five similar specimens over a four-year period.
“They are real,” Zuniga told Reuters on the sidelines of the meeting.
“There was absolutely no human intervention in the physical and biological creation of these beings,” he added, saying he did not know the origins of the beings.
Zuniga presented a letter signed by eleven researchers from the university explaining this. However, the letter clarified that they were not implying that the bodies were “aliens.”
Maussan’s first talk was criticized by many experts, who dismissed it as a trick long debunked by the scientific community and pointed to studies of similar remains that concluded the specimens were altered with animal and human bones .
When asked about these studies, Zuniga said the samples were likely fake. But the bodies he and the other university researchers looked at were real, he said.
Congressman Sergio Gutierrez of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s ruling Morena party called for a reform of Mexican law to make all information about UFOs public.
Tuesday’s session dipped at times into a more extreme statement. Argentine surgeon Celestino Adolfo Piotto, after reviewing test results and images of the corpses, said they were an evolved version of today’s humans and called them “our descendants.”
In a more colorful moment, Mexican rapper Claudio Yarto said he had personally seen UFOs before ending his speech with a rhyme, prompting applause from the crowd.
(Reporting by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Christian Plumb and Miral Fahmy)