Cusco sarcophagus Edit
The unusual body parts were found in two sarcophagus in January of 2016. The features of these parts are almost identical to the Nazca mummy findings. The Cusco hand is also three digits, with six phalanges in each digit. The surface of the hand is also covered in a white "fine clay" just the same as "Maria" the Nazca mummy. Media outlets who picked up the story, report that the location of the Cusco parts came from a cave. However, a more precise report claims that a door was found that led down into an underground tunnel system where the sarcophagus were found. It is currently undetermined if the Nazca mummies also came from this same location or somewhere nearby. Both Cusco and Nazca have labs where many of these parts are being analyzed. The obscurity and avoidance to pinpoint the actual location of these discoveries is probably due to security reasons.
The skull is verified to have oral and nasal cavities and is regarded to be of an anthropomorphic structure. It is not yet determined if the three-digit hand belongs to the skull.
- Three digit hand
The bones in the palm of the Cusco hand are broken, as if it had been crushed. It has six phalanx bones in two digits, and five in the other. The bone appears porous and its fingers have fingernails, not claws. Despite the fingernails, there is no visual indication that the being is human. However, some of these details could be compared to Dale Russell's "Dinosauroid".
Palaeontologist Dale Russell proposed that a certain three-digit handed dinosaur was a candidate for evolved dinosaur intelligence, namely the Stenonychosaurus (Troödon). According to Russell, had the KT extinction not occured, the evolution of these bird-like theropod's could have produced a hypothetical "Dinosauroid". The Troodontids had semi-manipulative fingers, able to grasp and hold objects to a certain degree, and had binocular vision. Russell proposed that the hypothetical "Dinosauroid", like members of the troodontid family, would have had large eyes and three fingers on each hand, one of which would have been partially opposed.
- ↑ This region makes up the northern most region of the Atacama Desert before reaching into Chile
- ↑ Russell, D. A.; Séguin, R. (1982). "Reconstruction of the small Cretaceous theropod Stenonychosaurus inequalis and a hypothetical dinosauroid". Syllogeus. 37: 1–43.