Documentary unravels Chile 'alien' mystery

25th Apr 2013

An "alien mystery" surrounding a six-inch skeleton found a decade ago in Chile's Atacama Desert has finally been unravelled in a new documentary.

The film, Sirius, features confirmation from scientists that the tiny creature - believed by some to be an aborted foetus, a monkey or even a crash-landed alien - was indeed "human".

Oscar Munoz stumbled across the remains while searching for objects of historical value in La Noria, a ghost town in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, according to media reports.

The Atacama is the driest desert in the world according to NASA and covers a 1,000-kilometre strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains.

The skeleton of the pen-sized Atacama Humanoid, nicknamed Ata, was reportedly found wrapped in a white cloth close to an abandoned church.

The creature possesses hard teeth, a bulging forehead and large oval-shaped eye sockets, with a dark, scaly body.

Scientific experts said Ata was an "interesting mutation" of a male human that had survived post-birth for between six and eight years.

"It calls into question how big the thing might have been when it was born," Garry Nolan, director of stem cell biology at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California, said.

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