MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican lawmakers heard testimony that “we are not alone in the universe” and saw the alleged remains of non-human beings in an extraordinary hearing marking the Latin American country’s first congressional meeting on UFOs.
At Tuesday’s hearing on FANI, the Spanish acronym for what is now commonly referred to as the Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), politicians were shown two artifacts that Mexican journalist and longtime UFO enthusiast Jaime Maussan claimed were about alien corpses.
The specimens have nothing to do with life on Earth, said Maussan.
The two tiny “bodies,” displayed in cases, have three fingers on each hand and elongated heads. Maussan said they were recovered in Peru in 2017 near the old Nazca Lines. He said they are about 1,000 years old and were analyzed through a carbon dating process by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Similar finds in the past involved the remains of mummified children.
Maussan said it was the first time such evidence had been presented.
“I think there is clear evidence that we are dealing with non-human specimens that are not related to any other species in our world, and that every scientific institution has every opportunity to study them,” Maussan said.
“We are not alone,” he added.
Jose de Jesus Zalce Benitez, director of the Mexican Navy’s Scientific Institute of Health, said X-rays, 3D reconstructions and DNA analysis were carried out on the remains.
“I can confirm that these bodies have no connection to humans,” he said.
UNAM on Thursday reissued a statement first published in 2017 saying the work of its National Laboratory for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (LEMA) was only intended to determine the age of the samples.
“In no case do we draw any conclusions about the origin of these samples,” the statement said.
Lawmakers also heard from former U.S. Navy pilot Ryan Graves, who has participated in congressional hearings, about his personal experiences with UAP and the stigma associated with reporting such sightings.
Congressman Sergio Gutierrez of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ruling Morena party said he hoped the hearing would be the first of a similar event in Mexico.
“We are left with considerations, concerns and the path to continue talking about it,” Gutierrez said.
In recent years, the U.S. government has made a U-turn on public information about UAP after decades of obstruction and distraction. The Pentagon has actively investigated reported sightings by military aircraft in recent years, while an independent NASA panel investigating UFOs is the first of its kind by the space agency.
NASA will discuss the study’s results on Thursday.
Maussan faced intense backlash and criticism on Wednesday from skeptics who questioned the authenticity of his presentation.
“This could really hurt efforts to take the issue seriously,” said a user on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. “Why didn’t they wait until a scientific paper was ready to publish?”
(Reporting by Cassandra Garrison and Reuters TV, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)