1000 years old "alien-skeleton 'found in Mexico
The answer to the mystery is probably not as exciting as it looks, but it's just bizarre. The people with the cone-shaped head must have been subjected to deformation of the skull from a very young age.
Discovery will be the first of its kind found in the region of Sonora, Mexico, and proves that tie-up of the skull to change shape was a widespread practice.
- Deformation of the skull in Mesoamerican culture was used to distinguish social groups from each other and for rituals, says archaeologist and head of the project, Cristina Garcia Moreno in the Daily Mail.
Moreno says it's hard to find social differences at the 25 skeletons were found. Some of the skeletons had different ornaments, such as nose rings, earrings and lockets made of shells from the Gulf of California. This shows that mesoamerikanere may have been farther north than previously thought.
Many of the skeletons were found turns out to be children and young teenagers. The research team believes may be associated with the high risk that was to shape the skulls.
To get to "alien-look" was the child's head added squeezed between two boards from a month old. Infant skulls are not fully fused, and are therefore more docile. The head was thus squeezed and deformed until it was six months.
Of the 25 skeletons found in the graveyard, had had 13 deformed skulls in varying degrees. Five had the deformation of the jaw and teeth.
- This unique find shows a mix of traditions from different groups in northern Mexico.
The deformed teeth should have been part of a ritual of transition from child to adult.
- Misformed teeth in cultures of Nayarit (Mexican state, journ.anm.) Was part of a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood, and we confirmed that all five skeletons we have found in Sonora with dental injuries are over 12 to old, says Moreno