A Peru-based archeological organization has unveiled what they claim to be the mummified remains of a number of humanoid, non-human creatures, found in ancient tunnels in Cusco, Peru, in January of 2016. The remains appear to be of numerous individuals of different sizes, including a diminutive humanoid with a disproportionately large head, a skull from a larger individual, and a three-fingered claw that belonged to an individual that is estimated to have been nine feet tall.
These findings were announced by French archaeologist Thierry Jamin on his Facebook page in November 2016. Jamin is the head of a not-for-profit group called Instituto Inkari – Cusco, dedicated to the re-discovery and preservation of Incan archaeological sites across Peru.
The remains themselves were reportedly found in a tunnel that was sealed by a small stone door. Inside was a room that contained two stone sarcophagi that contained the remains of "several beings of different sizes", with up to 20 tiny individuals being housed in one sarcophagus alone.
Amongst the remains was a large, three-fingered claw, that would have belonged to an individual that is estimated to have been nine feet tall. X-rays of the artifact show a bone structure underneath the mummified skin, and a possible fourth finger or thumb amongst the bones of the palm. The three exposed fingers have six joints, double the number of what is found in human fingers. One of the bones in the palm has a metal ring clamped around it, for some unknown purpose.
A skull from a much smaller individual accompanied the samples, covered in a layer of clay. The removal of the clay revealed an elongated, mummified skull with proportionately large eyes. Upon dissection of the jaw, it was found that the creature had sockets that would previously have held teeth, but were instead packed with cotton. Some blood remained on the cotton, although the researchers lacked the funding to have the samples tested for DNA.
Perhaps most interestingly is the intact remains of a full individual, albeit of someone who was less than 12 inches tall. This individual, despite being much smaller than the other two, also has a three-fingered hand, and its head resembles the larger, separated skull sample. X-rays show that it has three vertebrae in its spine, and three ribs on each side of its thorax.
These samples have been analyzed by a research team made up of biologists, archaeologists and anthropologists associated with Instituto Inkari – Cusco, but are still awaiting an independent analysis for verification. A DNA analysis has not been performed on the samples as of yet, as the researchers lack the 63,000 euros (66,850 USD) that they estimate that the tests would cost. A full interview of the researchers is due to be showcased in the February edition of the Italy’s Fenix magazine.