Skip to comments.'Alien' mummy DNA probe may have crossed ethical lines
Posted on 07/22/2018 10:40:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
The severely elongated head of a preserved skeleton found in Peru's Atacama Desert in 2003 is so unusual that it initially prompted people to suggest that the diminutive body was that of an extraterrestrial.
Since then, DNA testing confirmed that the remains which measure about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long belonged to a human fetus that researchers named Ata. But the scientists who conducted that investigation and published their findings in March have recently come under fire for their methods.
...Their investigation, which did not include any Chilean researchers, may have sidestepped protocols that typically monitor the ethics of research conducted with human remains, as their publication omitted "a sufficient ethics statement or archaeological permit," Kristina Killgrove, co-author of the new study and an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, wrote in an article for Forbes.
..Because the remains are thought to be just a few decades old, studying them raises ethical concerns that the March study did not adequately address, the scientists in the new study said. Furthermore, as DNA extraction can destroy some of the body's tissues, additional restrictions typically apply for such an examination. And it is unclear from the prior study that DNA sampling was required to begin with, the researchers said.
"Unfortunately, there was no scientific rationale to undertake genomic analyses of Ata, because the skeleton is normal," the authors wrote in the new study, adding that the whole-genome testing previously performed "was unnecessary and unethical."
"We caution DNA researchers about getting involved in cases that lack clear context and legality, or where the remains have resided in private collections," the study authors concluded.
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"Unfortunately, there was no scientific rationale to undertake genomic analyses of Ata, because the skeleton is normal," Check.
severely elongated head=normal.
*** Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ***
Someone call Indiana Jones....
I think the argument is because of the same grounds that fauxcohantaus doesn’t want to submit to a DNA test
Sketchy claims disappear when challenged by scientific evidence
If the alien baby isn’t really an alien them there goes the sideshow spectators who are willing to pay to see it and hear what they had to say
What’s more is this mummy isn’t even supposed to be ancient, it may only be a few decades old and was discovered in 2003 which is already a couple decades ago.
Insert a needle into a decades, or even centuries, old skeleton that is presenting unusual morphology - "OMG - the scientists are exactly like Hitler's Dr. Mengele!"
I have never seen a six inch long fetus or skeleton, so I really have no reference to compare that thing to.
If it is a Peruvian desert origin why do Chilean scientists get to establish a gate keeper mentality on access to the remains?
Skull shaping is a thing that early cultures practiced. Along with foot binding and other mutilations that adults would practice on children.
Search wikipedia for the terms:
Obviously a severe genetic defect. The fetus was 15 week or so, likely a spontaneous aborthon, miscarriage.
So, the authors of the new study say the old study
might not have been valid to do, but THEY did it right?
Good question. I know Lloyd Pye was a bit out there, but I'd love for an expert in human anatomy to explain the radically increased skull capacity in the skulls of the elongated Peruvian skulls. Wouldn't head boarding just constrict growth? What? Did they attach giant vacuums to the infant skulls?
Nothing new. Lewis and Clark found this in their expedition.
There's something about the mouth that reminds me of .... Beavis!
DOCTER, I thought you said you were going to make it LONGER!!
Then there’s the father who nicknamed his son fat head
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