So I wound up laughing like a maniac yesterday. I swear, the stuff I find on the internet when I'm not looking for it! Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a trending link: "Tiny alien skeleton." I figure that has to be amusing, so I clicked on it. At first, the stories I find are about how this little six-inch-long alien skeleton was found in the Atacama Desert in Chile in 2003. So I'm thinking Ata (they're calling it "Ata") must be something else. I mean, yeah, I write science fiction/fantasy and invent alien races, but that doesn't mean I'm completely nuts. So I read on and found that while many ufologists claim the skeleton to be proof of alien life, scientists claim the specimen is human according to the DNA ... but the genome sequencing has 9% of its genes not matching up. Is it a pemature fetus? Maybe...but scientists estimate it was six to eight years old when it died. A six-inch long six year old? Was it born, then died of progeria (rapid aging disease)? Scientists don't know, just like they don't know why it has 10 ribs instead of 12.
Here are a few links on Ata. Check them out and tell me what you think it is. I'm still finding the whole deal funny. Interesting, but funny. I guess whether Ata is the human result of something in science we don't understand yet, or a descendent of the Great Gazoo (Fred Flinstone) the message is the same: We need to keep open minds on this planet.