It would almost appear that I’m writing for the Sci-Fi Channel all of a sudden with all of the ghosts and alien stuff as of late, but unfortunately, I saw something earlier on this week that set off my skeptic radar, which I’ve now dubbed the Skadar3.
It appears the news media has caught us a gol dern alien. Well not so much. According to Yahoo News
Peruvian anthropologist Renato Davila Riquelme has discovered the remains of anunidentified creature with a “triangle shaped” skull nearly as large as its 20-inch-tall body.
Has the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull –the setting for the underwhelming 2008 Indiana Jones vehicle–finally been discovered? Well, don’t be expecting a victory lap from Steven Spielberg or George Lucas anytime soon.
The remains are most likely those of a child, though one with an unusually shaped head and frame. But that hasn’t stopped local site RPPfrom interviewing several anonymous Spanish and Russian “scientists” claiming that the remains are actually those of an alien:
It has a non-human appearance because the head is triangular and big, almost the same size as the body. At first we believed it to be a child’s body until Spanish and Russian doctors came and confirmed that, yes, it’s an extraterrestrial being.
Of course, five anonymous scientific authorities citing proof of extraterrestrial life would probably be generating a little more attention if their research had passed some basic scrutiny. Even if the remains are almost certainly those of a person, they are certainly unusual.
Well, media churnalism at its best strikes again. Even though some of the article reminds us to be a little skeptical, the rest is overrun with words like “alien” and “extraterrestrial.” Well, I can assure you that while this may be unusual for today’s standards in western culture, it’s not alien in its origin. Those of you who know me and read me know that I wouldn’t deny the existence of alien life forms for a second. I’ve stated repeatedly how illogical it is to think this planet is the only one inhabited. However, for one to think that, if there is alien life out there, it would look anything like us really doesn’t understand evolution very well. But that’s not my only argument against this hysteria. Here is the other:
What do you know? Here’s a modern day Peruvian man (note they found the skull in Peru) with a skull looking exactly like that. This practice is called cranial binding and has been practiced by tribes all around the world, from Peru to China. It is done by applying consistent, low pressure to the cranium of a child while their skull is still forming and is malleable This causes the skull to adapt to the required formation. It is actually thought to be one of the world’s oldest forms of body modification. Whomever these anonymous “scientists” are who are stating with certainty that we have an extraterrestrial on our hands, must have gotten their degrees from the University of Phoenix Online, or maybe BYU in Utah.
So, in conclusion, that’s all it is, folks. It’s not alien, it’s just a Peruvian child with a traditional Peruvian body modification.