This foray into UFO investigation would be a first for NASA and should excite anyone who has called for the agency to show more interest in the phenomenon.
However, there are some within the UFO community who question the timing of NASA’s report due to its release during the controversy surrounding two supposed alien bodies shown to Mexico’s congress earlier in the week.
The bodies were presented by journalist and UFO enthusiast Jaime Maussan as part of a congressional hearing on UFOs held in Mexico.
Many might remember Maussan as the man behind the infamous Roswell Slides debacle of 2015, in which a photograph of an indigenous boy’s remains taken in a Colorado museum was presented as proof of extraterrestrial life.
The so-called alien bodies shown by Maussan are also likely familiar to those within the UFO community as two of the “Nazca Mummies” promoted through New Age network Gaia’s documentary series Unearthing Nazca in 2017.
Although represented by Gaia and Maussan as alien, a 2017 report from the Paleo DNA laboratory at Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada, showed that DNA samples taken from one of the Peruvian mummies was a 100% match with human DNA.
In addition, analysis of scans done of the bodies indicate that they were deliberately constructed from a combination of human and animal bones.
A 2021 paper published in the International Journal of Biology and Biomedicine concluded that “the head of the small body is largely made of a deteriorated llama braincase and other unidentified bones, and greatly resembles the human cranium.”
Archaeologists have long been outraged by what they believe to be a deliberate desecration of ancient remains.
The bodies have been carbon dated to between 245 and 410 AD, but rather than being extraterrestrial, mainstream scientists believe that the remains have been stolen from ancient burial sites and manipulated to look alien.
The 9th annual World Congress on Mummy Studies held in Lima, Peru, in 2017, issued a call for an official inquiry into whether archaeological crimes have been committed. The impassioned call, entitled “The Fraud of Extraterrestrial Mummies,” was released on their Facebook page.
Now some in the UFO community are calling into question the timing of events and wondering if the easily debunked claims made by Maussan—and the controversy and attention they’ve garnered—are meant to distract from the more impactful news delivered by NASA.
Proponents of this hypothesis turn to recent accusations of a UFO cover-up from within the U.S. government and speculate that whatever forces are at work manipulating information as part of those efforts might also be at work here.
However, those skeptical that this is anything other than a known con artist trying to profit from current UFO hype point to Maussan’s long history of dubious claims and posit that his presentation to Mexico’s congress is coincidental to the NASA release.
Not to mention, of course, that were a cover-up involved in trying to suppress the NASA report, it likely would not have been published in the first place.