It wasn't discovered by Indiana Jones and it isn't crystal, but an elongated skull that is as long as the 20-inch body it belongs to is raising interest after it was discovered in Peru.
According to a report from The Sideshow, the remains of the unidentified "creature" was described as having a "triangle-shaped" skull and was at first believed to have been a child with a misshapen head, but according to a news report, anonymous Russian and Spanish scientists claim the remains belong to an extraterrestrial being.
While the discovery of the skull seems to be a somewhat real-life version of the popular movie "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in which archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones sets off to solve the mystery of similar triangular-shaped skulls in South America, the end result in the movie is that the crystal skulls are indeed not of this world.
As far as the most recent bone skull in Peru? No word yet on its origins.
The strange skull in Peru isn't the only recent odd bone discovery. South America appears to be full of mystery of the skeletal kind.
In Chile's Atacama Desert -- the driest spot on Earth -- scientists have discovered the fossilized bones of over 75 prehistoric whales. In another report from The Sideshow, scientists believe that the whales beached themselves on the Pacific coast of South America over 2 million years ago.
What scientists are unsure of is exactly how the whale remains got where they are now -- in the middle of the desert. Theories abound -- including the idea that surface shifting pushed the bones into the desert over time or that the whales were stranded in a lagoon by a storm or a landslide. Researchers who are looking into the discovery are pretty sure about one thing though -- all of the whales most likely died at the same time.
The skeletons are each about 25 feet in length -- about the size of a school bus -- and 20 of the skeletons are intact. In addition to the whales, the excavation at the site uncovered a sperm whale, an extinct dolphin that had two tusks, an extinct aquatic sloth and a seabird that had a massive 17-foot wingspan.
The South American continent continues to offer up more wonders from the ancient past. An article on Physorg.com in early November reported the discovery of two mammal skulls discovered in Argentina. What makes these skulls unique? They are the first known mammals discovered from the Late Cretaceous period known as the "Age of Dinosaurs."
The skulls are of a small mammal that has been dubbed "Cronopio dentiacutus." Cronopio was a sabre-toothed squirrel much like the well-known "Ice Age" movie critter known as Scrat.
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