SCIENTISTS continue to claim mysterious three-fingered, alien-like mummies are not like modern humans and could be extraterrestrials or an undiscovered ancient race. Despite earlier tests suggesting the bizarre corpses did have human DNA, scientists linked to the research team that announced the discovery last June, maintain they have found significant differences.
Russian geneticists have found that Maria is a “humanoid being, meaning she has 23 chromosomes like us”.
But experts carrying out new tests in St Petersburg have uncovered some strange differences besides the three-fingered hands and toes, reports Sputnik.
Around six mummies if varying sizes were said to be found in a tomb near the Nazca lines in Peru.
They found the rib structure of the largest, now called Maria, is different to humans' as it is keel-shaped in the upper part and the cage consists of semicircular ribs.
Another tiny skeleton of a creature aged around nine months, thought to be Maria's daughter, was found nearby and named Vavita.
Professor Konstantin Korotkov, from the Russian National Research University, claimed to have seen four other male mummies called “Verdants” from colleagues in Peru which could date back as far as 6,500 years based on one carbon dating analysis.
The skeletons have three fingers, elongated skulls, missing nasal cavities and lower jaws which are “not flexible,” he said.
“Their DNA features 23 pairs of chromosomes, just like we have.
“All the four of them are males, each with a Y-chromosome.
"They appear human but they are not.
“Their anatomic structure is different.”
Scientists have also found that the white powder the mysterious civilisation used to mummify the dead is called cadmium chloride.
Prof Korotkov also said that it was interesting that “three-fingered” creatures appear on ancient rock drawings along the Nazca Lines in Peru near where the mummies were found.