Is it possible that the Paracas skulls are the missing link in the evolution of humanity? Is it possible that they are members of a species that did not originate on Earth? Or are they simply another case of cranial deformity?

The mysterious Paracas skulls are, without a doubt, one of the most perplexing discoveries ever made.

Elongated skulls characteristic of the Paracas culture. These skulls are on display at Museo Regional de Ica in the city of Ica in Peru. (Flickr/Marcin Tlustochowicz/CC BY 2.0)
A case of skulls from the Andean Paracas culture, as seen in the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru in Lima. (Wikimedia/Robrrb/CC BY-SA 3.0)

Julio Tello, a Peruvian archaeologist, discovered a complex and sophisticated burial deep in the desert peninsula of Paracas, on Peru’s southern coast, in the arid landscape in 1928. What he found buried there has the potential to transform all we know about humanity’s history, according to Humansarefree.

Although critics are skeptical about the Paracas skulls, many individuals feel they could represent a missing link in human evolution and an entirely new species that did not originate on Earth.

Science will determine who is correct.

Here are ten fascinating facts about the intriguing Paracas Skulls, a collection of contentious human remains that would permanently alter our perceptions of our ancestors and origins:

  • The graves’ remains had some of the world’s largest elongated heads ever discovered.
  • Over 300 strange skulls were unearthed by a Peruvian archeologist, and they are thought to be at least 3000 years old.
  • Certain South American tribes used to bind infants’ skulls to change their shape, resulting in a dramatically enlarged cranial form that looked nothing like typical humans.
  • The ancient tribes would produce cranial deformation by applying consistent pressure over a long time using pieces of wood, which may also be found in ancient African societies. While this type of cranial deformation altered the shape of the skull, it did not affect the size, weight, or volume of the skull, all of which manifest normal human characteristics.
  • The craniums of Paracas skulls are at least 25% larger and up to 60% heavier than those of typical humans.
  • The Paracas skulls differ in weight and structure, with only one parietal plate compared to two in ordinary humans.
  • Five Paracas skull samples were sent to be genetically tested. The samples, which included hair, skin teeth, and cranial bone pieces, revealed remarkable characteristics that have added to the enigma surrounding these strange skulls. To avoid “influenced results,” the genetic laboratory to which the samples were transported was not told of the origin of the skulls. However, inherited from the mother, the mitochondrial DNA revealed mutations that no man, primate, or animal on the earth has ever seen before.
  • The alterations found in the Paracas skull samples show that researchers were dealing with a completely distinct kind of “human-like being” than Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, or Denisovans.
  • “It had mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far,” according to archaeologist Brien Foerste.
  • “The people from the Paracas skulls were so biologically diverse that it would have been impossible for us and them to ‘interbreed,’” Brien Foerste said. 
  • I’m not convinced it’ll even fit into the evolutionary tree we know about,” Foerste added.


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