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Scientists Reveal True Origins of the "6-Inch Alien" in New Documentary

Update Date: Apr 24, 2013 09:52 AM EDT

The preserved skeleton of what appears to be a 6-inch "space alien" has been confirmed as human, according to scientists in a new documentary film Sirius.

Since the discovery of the small humanoid known as the "Atacama Humanoid" in Chile's Atacama Desert a decade ago, many have hailed the mummified remains as proof of extraterrestrial life.

Theories about the mysterious bones ranged from those of an aborted fetus to a monkey and even a small alien that had crash-landed on earth.

In early publicity, filmmakers claimed that the documentary, which premiered Monday in Hollywood, would reveal the DNA of the creature with a gigantic alien-like head couldn't be medically classified.

Oscar Munoz had reportedly found the remains on October 19, 2003 in a ghost town in the Atacama Desert called La Noria, according to a local Chilean newspaper. He found " a strange skeleton no bigger than 15cm," covered in white cloth near an abandoned church.

The small, mummified creature had a bulging head with additional bulge on top and hard teeth. The body of the creature was scaly and dark, but unlike humans it had nine ribs.

But to the dismay of many UFO enthusiasts, who had grown increasingly excited in the weeks leading up to the premiere of "Sirius", after months of intense research, scientists concluded that the little humanoid was, in fact, human.

"I can say with absolute certainty that it is not a monkey. It is human -- closer to human than chimpanzees. It lived to the age of six to eight. Obviously, it was breathing, it was eating, it was metabolizing. It calls into question how big the thing might have been when it was born," Garry Nolan, director of stem cell biology at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California who performed the DNA tests, said in the film.

"The DNA tells the story and we have the computational techniques that allows us to determine, in very short order, whether, in fact, this is human," Nolan explained.

"We traveled to Barcelona Spain in late September 2012 to obtain detailed X Rays, CAT scans and take genetic samples for testing at Stanford University," said Disclosure Project founder Dr. Steven Greer, according to the Daily Mail.

"We obtained excellent DNA material by surgically dissecting the distal ends of two right anterior ribs on the humanoid," he explained. "These clearly contained bone marrow material, as was seen on the dissecting microscope that was brought in for the procedure."

After analyzing the DNA sample from the bone marrow extracted from the specimen, scientists concluded that the "Atacama Humanoid", nicknamed Ata, was an "interesting mutation" of a male human that had survived post-birth for between six and eight years.

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