Today I turn from financial and geopolitical high octane speculation, to a very different subject matter, one in a way a major source of interest for me: those strangely elongated hominid-like skulls found in Peru and elsewhere in the world. They have a major fascination for me, since the cover art for my book Genes, Giants, Monsters, and Men depicts one of those skulls in some of the most arresting book cover art I've ever seen. In fact, this is apparently a story that interests many of you since so many of you sent me various versions of this story(and thanks to all of you who did!):

DNA Analysis of Paracas Skulls Shows they were not Human

As is known, some ancient tribes practiced binding human babies' skulls between to boards, or in cloth, to produce these elongated skulls:

"It is usually achieved by binding the head between two pieces of wood, or binding in cloth. However, while cranial deformation changes the shape of the skull, it does not alter its volume, weight, or other features that are characteristic of a regular human skull."

But there is a problem in the case of the Paracas skulls:

"The Paracas skulls, however, are different.

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"The cranial volume is up to 25 percent larger and 60 percent heavier than conventional human skulls, meaning they could not have been intentionally deformed through head binding/flattening.

"They also contain only one parietal plate, rather than two. The fact that the skulls' features are not the result of cranial deformation means that the cause of the elongation is a mystery, and has been for decades."

In other words, anatomically they do not appear to be human skulls, and given the cranial shape and volume, one may reasonably surmise that neurophysiologically they would have been different than humans as well.

Now, however, this view has apparently been confirmed, and I cite the rather breathtaking conclusions of this article:

  Mr. Juan Navarro, owner and director of the local museum, called the Paracas History Museum, which houses a collection of 35 of the Paracas skulls, allowed the taking of samples from 5 of the skulls.

"The samples consisted of hair, including roots, a tooth, skull bone and skin, and this process was carefully documented via photos and video. The samples were sent to the late Lloyd Pye, founder of the Starchild Project, who delivered the samples to a geneticist in Texas for DNA testing.

"The results are now back, and Brien Foerster, author of more than ten books and an authority on the ancient elongated headed people of South America, has just revealed the preliminary results of the analysis. He reports on the geneticist's findings:

"'It had mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far. But a few fragments I was able to sequence from this sample indicate that if these mutations will hold we are dealing with a new human-like creature, very distant from Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and Denisovans.'

"The implications are huge. 'I am not sure it will even fit into the known evolutionary tree,' Foerster wrote. He added that if the Paracas individuals were so biologically different, they would not have been able to interbreed with humans.

"The results need to be replicated and more analysis undertaken before final conclusions can be drawn." (Boldface emphasis in the original, italicized emphasis added)

Now this is quite significant, for reading between the lines a bit, if the DNA findings are replicated, then we are indeed dealing with mDNA that lies outside all computer-reconstructed histories of mDNA from "mitochondrial Eve," in short, with something else, and given that Foerster is indicating that it is a distant species from Homo Sapiens Sapiens, Neanderthal, and Denisovan man, then it is reasonable to conclude we are looking at something older, though as the article cautions, more analysis is needed. It could be these skulls are little-known contemporaries to these other human species. But if so, then another possibility opens up, a high octane possibility, one suggested from ancient texts: is there any evidence of the mingling of this unknown species with the three stated forms of humanity, homo sapiens sapiens, Neanderthal, and Denisovan man?  If that were to be found to be the case, then affirmation of those ancient legends of gods coming down and interbreeding with humans would take another step toward being perceiving, not as mythology, but as the legacies of a little known or understood history.

On the other hand, if it were discovered that there was no such intermingling of species, then what do we have? Is this species ancient? Is it intelligent?(The cranial capacity, and the fact that they were discovered in graves, would suggest yes). If so, then are they from here? Foerster's remaks seem to suggest that, with such an apparently different set of mutations and genetic history, that they are not. But if not, then did they evolve in total isolation from the rest of terrestrial mammals(are they mammals at all?), or are they from somewhere else?

Any way one slices the high octane speculation on this one, folks, this is a story to watch!

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Karen Hudes on February 26, 2014 at 4:17 am
    I tried sending you an email to [email protected]. If that is not you, please send me your email

  2. jedi on February 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    It ties in with Nef and her conehead hubby Ahknenaten and King Tut. If memory serves me he is quoted as saying the beautiful one has arrived. Which is perhaps the basis for the biblical sister brother being married, and seducing the Pharaoh into there prostitution business. Personally I think the ancients were messing around with dna too make stupid, obedient slaves to tend the fields, sex toys, and it went horribly bad for them at some point.

    although they will not allow any serious investigation of the mummies by independent specialists….and the pyramids are off limits, so…the bs continues and the money printers horde the natural resources for there pleasure and keep the planet in conflict.

  3. Daryl Davis on February 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    It’s a fascinating mystery. This past year I purchased a small Pre-Columbian clay head on eBay with the same elongated skull. The face looks nothing like a human. Yet the facial bone structures of the Paracas skulls do seem human. Go figure.

  4. marcos toledo on February 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Speaking of Lloyd Pye his Star Child also shows signs of greater brain volume like Paracas skulls. Also on Finding Bigfoot a Nepalese witness mention that the Yeti do make fire what ever you think of that show that tidbit is interesting. All around the world there are stories of giants, little people and other biped creatures. Could Orang Pendex be describing two creatures one a ground dwelling biped Orangutan and Homo Florences the other. And speaking of Florences there was a episode of America Unearthed about it reaching Hawaii. Where else could they had gone Ireland perhaps the little people. And how about Deloy’s Ape know locally as the Didi the biped five foot tall Sider Monkey version of a Chimpanzee. Back to the Paracas skulls if these were extra solar aliens if they were advanced enough I think they would have found a way to merge their DNA with ours.

  5. Cattail on February 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

    “delivered the samples to a geneticist in Texas for DNA testing”

    That would be, Melba Ketchum. A geneticist knee deep in the
    recent Bigfoot DNA fraud, I mean controversy…

    • LSM on February 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Hi Cattail,

      I have a really stupid question: if it’s true, as so many report, elongated skulls were created by a combination of binding (partially “cradle-boarding” as well?- whatever labeling one feels comfortable with) to simultaneously either elongate, suppress, etc. (or all of the above) the growth of the human skull starting in infancy to change it’s original intended form into a conical shape then I don’t understand why these cone-heads seem to have more cranial bone mass than we do-

      besides, I would think any kind of forced pressure/distention/expansion (depending on the area) of such MAGNITUDE on a developing infant’s brain would theoretically have, well, fatal results-

      then add the info presented in R. Dewhurst’s newly published “The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America” where cone-headed skeletons in the US have been unearthed- could there have been a connection between them and the Paracas/Boskop (labeling at one’s leisure) culture?- maybe, maybe not-

      as for Dr. Melba ‘Ketchup’: maybe she’s a fraud, maybe not; none of us really know yet; only thing I know is the veil of secrecy about our origins continues to be in place and anyone still believing we homo sapiens sapiens evolved from chimps in the jungle needs to have their Darwined-influenced, cradle-boarded heads (‘officious education’) examined (Darwin never studied biology- he studied theology and never completed his degree- if my read sources are correct)-

      be well-

      Larry in Germany

  6. RobertMStahl on February 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

    One must be a step in time to ‘belong’ here. First, I recommend Steps to an Ecology of Mind for the psychology, by Gregory Bateson. Also, Saul Bellow tried to make a distinction between the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge in his last book, More Die of Heartbreak, written right before his murder, a murder on queue if one follows his relationship to Gus Alex from back in 1976 and Bellow’s book, Humboldt’s Gift. Following ‘trees’ or anthropological history as given by the paradigm shifting biology of the late Lynn Margulis, maybe back to Olduvai Gorge, but having to do with mitochondrial DNA, certainly we find it has a separate history to any DNA in any human being alive, past or present. The fact that this mitochondrial DNA is different from the rest of mankind’s is not that great a scientific discovery. What I mean is that the significance you apply to it is ‘off to the side’ of the tree you connect it to, thus a different subject. We do know from calculations about the ‘content’ of information in present day human DNA that, at one time in the past, there may have been as little as 2000 people on the planet ‘maintaining’ the pool where ours is now. Anyway, there is that.

  7. Robert Barricklow on February 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Just saw a short video on this(about 5 minutes I think) at called, Unraveling the Genetics of Elongated Skulls. Fascinating subject matter. He(museum owner/operator) went into the differences of the Inca human being’s skull, a purposely deformed skull mimicking the elongated features, and the “real” elongated skull(s).

    What he also mentioned, among the differences, were “exposed” nerve endings at the back of the elongated skull.
    Now what was that all about?

    • Robert Barricklow on February 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

      By the way, I’ve had to “access” this site differently in order to post.
      Anyone else having this problem?

      (Of course, if you were, it presumes you’ve found another way, as I have.)

      • Robert Barricklow on February 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

        Of course, that also presumes
        I’m not in a self-contained loop?

      • Margaret on February 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

        RB, I recently saw this one: Secret Filming Of Odd Elongated Human Skulls In Bolivia
        There is an Ancient Origins youtube for the one you mentioned (and others):
        Interview with Brien Foerster — Unravelling the Genetics of Elongated Skulls
        This is a fascinating discussion. Looks like a case of Coneheads meet Neanderthals and now we know why, way back then, fancy tall headpieces were not just for show!

        • Robert Barricklow on February 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          Yes Margaret
          I can no longer look a Regaled Pope,
          without wondering/
          Is that where that silly hat came from?

    • MQ on February 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

      I watched a recent video from Brien Foerster on these skulls. There was conjecture that the Paracas people were slaughtered since there’s no DNA evidence of them beyond 2000 yrs ago, i.e. no gradual interbreeding.
      I’d think if something was worth emulating, seems like you wouldn’t want to be killing the original. Unless there were some “deliveries from heaven” and some smart guy decided that if the “regular” humans looked like the ones getting the space gifts this would improve the “regulars” lot in life– kind of a weird cargo cult concept.

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