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Alien Invasion! Bodies Found in Mexico

Alleged alien mummies. Photo: Creative Commons
Alleged alien mummies. Photo: Creative Commons

Aliens have invaded cinema long before they invaded Earth. They have been featured in countless movies, with directors constantly playing with the possibility and entailment of these creatures’ existence. But while the idea of extraterrestrial life has intrigued people worldwide, many believe it’s all rooted in imagination. Newfound evidence, however, may change this—E.T. might no longer just be a movie character. Jaime Maussan, Mexican journalist and a UFO believer, claimed to have found alien bodies in Peru, striking worldwide controversy. He presented two of these mysterious bodies to Mexico’s congress this month, and heavy scientific research and testing has been done to draw conclusions from this.

According to Reuters, Maussan shared the results of his DNA and carbon dating tests, but upon reviewing it, scientists claim that the results show nothing out of the ordinary. Maussan claimed that the so-called alien bodies were at least 1,000 years old and unlike anything on Earth, but from what the scientists say, there is no solid evidence to prove this. Furthermore, Maussan revealed that the tests that he sent were not even conducted on the two bodies that he had brought to congress, but instead on a similar “alien” body that waited back in Peru. He explained that he did not want to damage the other two bodies by running direct tests on them.

“They were found in the same place,” Maussan said. “They have the same physical appearance, they are the same.”

As explained in the article, Maussan also avoided answering how exactly the so-called alien bodies have come into his possession, and has no explanation as to how these entities could have logically ended up in Peru.

Needless to say, this discovery was debunked and further discussion was shut down by Mexico’s congress. Many were disappointed because false excitement like this makes it hard to differentiate when evidence may be a true sign of life in the grand universe. It’s like the “Boy Who Cried Wolf”: continuous presentations of false evidence make it difficult to discern truth from lies.

Upon reading the article, one can see flaws in Maussan’s logic. We all envision the classic alien to have an elongated head, thin body, and recognizable hands. First, the appearance of the supposed aliens looks exactly like how humans have imagined them in countless sci-fi books and movies. Second, the alien bodies in question are also suspiciously intact, especially for corpses that are claimed to be over 1,000 years old. 

So, are the corpses alien life forms or the bodies of ancient humans? “The presence of carbon-14 in studies done by UNAM proves that the samples were related to brain and skin tissues from different mummies who died at different times,” scientist Julieta Fierro said in the Reuters article. This conclusion appears to answer the question.

It’s like Maussan was unsuccessfully trying to make his own Frankenstein’s monster. Following the so-called revelation in Mexico, some have asserted that Maussan is nothing more than a tomb raider and a complete fraud. Maybe extraterrestrial life does exist somewhere in our vast and infinite universe, but Maussan’s “discovery” has been debunked as nothing more than science fiction.

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Kailyn Cho, Staff Writer
Kailyn Cho ('25) is excited to be a Staff Writer for The Echo. She enjoys playing tennis, traveling around the world, and chasing sunsets.
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