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I saw this article today which I know will be of interest to everyone except those who still give Steven Greer the time of day: “Alien-Looking Skeleton Poses Medical Mystery.” The short article is worth reading. The best part is the absolute confirmation, via DNA (including mitochondrial DNA), that the Atacama “alien” is human. The only mystery (aside from why anyone listens to Steven Greer) is why the human corpse (a female) is so small, as scientific analysis is pointing to an age of 6 to 8 years old at death. If that analysis is correct, the corpse would of course not be a fetus as I suggested earlier. Given the anomalous nature of the specimen, I’m actually not quite ready to abandon the fetus view, but only because the anomalous nature might involve tampering with the specimen to produce anomalous results. That speculation is mine, and it is only a speculation. I simply don’t presume Greer would be honest. He has a track record in the other direction. In this case, the best that can be said is that he *knew* the specimen was anomalous, but human, and milked the public for money casting the specimen as proof of an extraterrestrial presence. In short, that would be outright, willful deception. If he didn’t know it was human, then he’s inept, or used inept researchers to put forth something to make money. So it’s either deception or incompetence.
More analysis should get to the bottom (presuming anyone in the real science community will care enough to spend the time and money on this boondoggle).
Some excerpts from the article (emphasis mine):
“While the jury is out regarding the mutations that cause the deformity, and there is a real discrepancy in how we account for the apparent age of the bones … every nucleotide I’ve been able to look at is human,” researcher Garry Nolan, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford School of Medicine, told LiveScience. “I’ve only scratched the surface in the analysis. But there is nothing that jumps out so far as to scream ‘nonhuman.’”
Nolan and his colleagues analyzed the specimen in the fall of 2012 with high-resolution photography, X-rays and computed tomography scans, as well as DNA sequencing. The researchers wanted to find out whether some rare disorder could explain the anomalous skeleton — for instance it had just 10 ribs as opposed to 12 in a healthy human — the age the organism died, as its size suggested a preterm fetus, stillborn or a deformed child, and whether it was human or perhaps a South American nonhuman primate.
This is what happens when you promote the work of a charlatan.
Cris Putnam has posted a list of the Top Ten Comments posted online about Steven Greer’s Sirius film. It’s worth a read, unless you’ve worshipped at Greer’s altar for his version of UFO Religion. You might have your faith damaged.
My favorite is actually #10, as it echoes what I’ve been posting here (and I’m no prophet – so how did I figure this out?):
10) Lee Speigel of The Huffington Post wrote, “In early publicity, filmmakers claimed the documentary would reveal that the DNA of the creature with an oversized alien-looking head couldn’t be medically classified. In fact, the film, which premiered Monday in Hollywood, features a scientist who concluded the little humanoid was human.”
Well, I’m sure Steven will make sure to spend all the money he makes on this fraud on his super-important free energy project . . . in Tahiti . . . or maybe Rio. He thanks you all.
Cris Putnam sent me a link to his review of Steven Greer’s film – Greer’s latest effort to cast himself as an avatar for “ET Relations.” Cris noted in the email:
It’s amazingly incoherent that Greer claims to be in contact with the ETs but at the same time the problem with the world is that government is hiding the ET technology…. If he’s telling the truth ET should just give it to him.
Uh . . . yeah. But that’s Greer. Tell everyone you’re an MD till many are convinced that makes you an authority on issues outside of medicine, make lots of noise on the web, then produce content that’s about as logical as a square bowling ball.
Thanks to Cris for the review!
Yesterday I blogged about the upcoming Citizen’s Hearing for Disclosure. Trust me when I say I’m hoping something substantive comes of it. Stephen Bassett has assembled a lot of people I’d consider credible (but I wouldn’t say that about everyone on the witness list).
Also fast approaching (April 22) is the Sirius world premier that is the centerpiece of Steven Greer’s “Sirius Disclosure” project. Greer is a high profile researcher. There are some high profile people in ufology who I trust to be forthright and objective, and there are those I don’t trust that way. Dr. Greer is in the latter category. He’s controversial even within the ufological camp.1 My most current reason not to trust Greer is his touting of the “Atacama Alien” pictured below.
This “discovery” is not new; it’s actually a few years old. The specimen has also been examined by several specialists. No word on whether any of them will be featured in Greer’s film, though I wouldn’t expect that given the conclusions drawn prior to this world premier. (No doubt Greer will have his own “expert yes men” for the film). Here’s an excerpt from the report linked above:
“The second transcribed document is a forensic medical report written by Dr. Francisco Etxeberria Gabilondo, a professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine in the Basque Country University, and specialist in Forensic Anthropology with the Complutense University, who wrote the study at the bequest of the IIEE (probably for a fee, although that is not mentioned). Dr. Etxeberria wrote that, “it’s a mummified body with all typical the characteristics of a fetus. The body has a length of 14 cm and displays all the structures and anatomical links normal for the head, trunk and extremities. . . .
Taken as a whole, the proportions of the anatomical structures (skeleton and softer parts), the level of development of each one of its bones and its macroscopic configuration, allow us to interpret it without any shadow of doubt as a completely normal mummified fetus … Both based on the total length of the body as well as the length of the bones, it can be estimated that it’s a fetus in an approximate gestation period close to 15 weeks.”
This of course isn’t exciting enough for a world premier, so don’t expect to hear anything about it in the movie. The whole thing reminds me a bit of the bogus “nephilim skulls” that are out there. I blogged about that over on my PaleoBabble site many moons ago, complete with a picture from a medical supply catalog of these “amazing” skulls – the medical supply company has several models so their medical students can learn about human cranial deformities (which is good, so they don’t have to rob the Smithsonian of one of their hidden specimens from the late 1800s). Sad to say, I’ve seen these models at Christian conferences to promote various nuggets of nephilim nonsense (I normally hate alliteration, but I’ll let that one pass – truth be told, I was tempted to add “nattering nabobs” to that from the Aladdin movie).
It also reminds me of a book I’ve read . . . that had unscrupulous people using doctored human fetuses to create alien remains. . . . Oh yeah, that was my novel, The Facade. Funny.
Of course there will be those who think that because the specimen has a skeleton that it must be alien. To all you Einsteins out there on that point – a human fetus has a skeleton, too. All 206 bones of the human being are present by the end of the fifth week. (Please note that the 5th week would fall before the 15th week noted in the quotation above).
This whole world premier thing illustrates the poor thinking of many who want desperately to have aliens explain everything in world history and our origins (i.e., who want that as a religion). Just Google it. Or better yet, look at the name of Greer’s project: “Sirius Disclosure. The title plays off Robert Temple’s iconic but demonstrably bogus “Sirius Mystery.” Think about it. Let’s say this six-inch specimen isn’t human — how the Zeta do we know it’s from Sirius? Because that’s a narrative Greer likes – it “connects” (in the Land of Non Sequitur) to cool things like ancient Egypt (Temple had the image of Akhenaten on the cover of his Sirius Mystery book – we all know he was an ET, despite what the recent DNA research on the mummies in his lineage says).2
So where does this leave us? Well, if you’re like me who’d like to see serious people do serious thinking about a subject as serious as whether we’re alone in the universe, you’re embarrassed by this latest stunt (by the way, that sound rhyming on “Sirius” is called assonance – oh, crud, I ruined the aural subliminal). You all know that, if there are such things, I’m on the side of the public having a right to know (i.e., at least confirm the idea if it’s real – I do allow for legitimate national security issues). Stuff like this generates cash and sets tongues to wagging, but doesn’t really help credibility.
The indefatigable Stephen Bassett has come up with a new, creative idea to keep nudging American officialdom to disclosing its UFO secrets: a citizen hearing at the National Press Club, at which four former federal lawmakers will hear an anticipated 30 hours of UFO- and ET-related testimony from researchers, military personnel and witnesses.
It’s a pretty good idea in my view – really, a natural extension of what Steve’s devoted his life to for many years. Hopefully it will produce something one could call a positive result.
However, these sorts of things always make me wonder what I think is an obvious consideration. What if this event or some other effort *did* compel a confession or disclosure — and the answer was basically “We really don’t have any hard evidence of ET life; we just didn’t want the public to know we had no answers all these years”? Would anyone who desperately wants disclosure today believe them? Granted, I think there’s a little more to the issue than this hypothetical answer, and don’t imagine the government would tell the public lots of things they ought to, but the problem is potentially real: If the authorities really tell you what they can, holding nothing back, and their answer isn’t the one you wanted, then what?
According to the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure website, the event will occur April 29 through May 3 and “will be filmed as the basis for a forthcoming documentary-Truth Embargo - by Just Cause Entertainment.” The former federal lawmakers participating are:
The entire hearing “will be live streamed worldwide in English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese and Mandarin (archive only).”
Witnesses are listed on the hearing website under the appropriate tab.