Atacama skeleton info

 The Atacama skeleton, also known as Ata, is the nickname given to the remains of a mummified human fetus discovered in 2003 in the Atacama Desert of Chile. The skeleton is only about 6 inches (15 cm) long, and its unusual appearance, including a misshapen skull and fewer ribs than normal, led to a lot of speculation and even claims that it was extraterrestrial.
However, scientific analysis has conclusively shown that Ata is of human origin. DNA testing conducted in 2018 identified mutations in genes associated with skeletal dysplasia, a group of conditions that affect bone development. These mutations explain Ata's small stature, misshapen skull, and other unusual features.
Despite the scientific explanation, the Atacama skeleton remains a source of fascination for some people. It is a reminder of the diversity of human biology and the power of science to unravel mysteries.
Here are some additional details about the Atacama skeleton:
  • It was found in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth. The arid conditions are thought to have contributed to the mummification of the remains.
  • The skeleton was initially thought to be much older, but dating has shown that it is likely from the late 1970s.
  • The skeleton is privately owned and is not currently available for scientific study.


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