If true, claims made by Gaia.com online videos that several mummified aliens had been found in Nazca, Peru, would reshape world history and how we see the universe, according to one reseracher.
Investigative Mexican journalist Jamie Maussan, declared in a Gaia.com video it was a “world-changing event.”
But scientists have poured scorn on the claim and branded it an elaborate hoax.
The Peruvian branch of the World Congress on Mummy Studies even called for a criminal probe amid claims genuine mummified human remains had been used to construct the aliens.
Yet Gaia.com continues to release its slick documentaries which purport that a genuine scientific inquiry is underway.
At a press conference the “research team” claimed to have found five mummified alien beings.
So why would so much effort have gone into an elaborate hoax, and how did it all start?
The story appears to have started in 2015.
According to Paul Ronceros, who uses the name Krawix online, the first alleged discovery was made that year.
The first objects to surface were a large, three fingered claw, a small head and a tiny body that resembled ET of 21cm in size.
He wrote: “In 2015, under the arid subsoil of the Nazca desert, a series of subterranean passageways and chambers were discovered, where two stone sarcophagi containing different mummified bodies of humanoid appearance were found.”
Mr Ronceros claims to have been given some of the remains in July 2016.
Later reports said members of the Institute Inkari-Cusco,based in Cusco, Peru, claimed to have found the same hand and skull “while searching caves and tunnels across Cusco in January 2016.”
French researcher and explorer, Thierry Jamin, of the institute, released the findings on his Facebook page on November 27, 2016.
Express.co.uk reported on the discovery ten days earlier after author and pseudo scientist Brian Foerster, who runs Hidden Inca Tours, featured a video on YouTube and his website, claiming he intends having tests carried out on the finds.
He said in the video: “I don’t know what to say and look forward to the possibility of seeing more specimens.
Brien Foerster with a Paracas skull.
“The mouth seems to be so tiny that it does not even appear to be for feeding.
“It is a very mysterious thing and I can’t imagine how those two specimens could be fake.”
He talked of the items being found by a caretaker.
Mr Foerster said: “Though easy to state that it is a complex fake, the caretaker and those that presumably found it, along with other specimens, have no access to artisans or taxidermists that could have made them.”
Jamie Maussan (right) examines one of the alleged alien mummies on film.
Mr Foerster ‘s involvement- he has come under much scrutiny from sceptics in the past – added to widespread beliefs it was an elaborate hoax, with human and animal bones and skin used to make the creations.
He was involved in DNA tests, which allegedly confirmed the 3,000-year old Paracas elongated skulls did not have human DNA.
But, he has been reluctant to release details of who carried out the tests.
Earlier in 2016, Mr Foerster claimed to have found an unusual winged small humanoid corpse in a specimen jar in an office in Mexico.
Claims were made in a video clip online that X-rays carried out on the “dead body” have shown a skeletal structure inside, leading to calls for further analysis, including DNA tests.
In 2015, under the arid subsoil of the Nazca desert, a series of subterranean passageways and chambers were discovered, where two stone sarcophagi containing different mummified bodies of humanoid appearance were found.
Mr Foerster has not released any findings on the so-called Nazca mummies and the case appears to have been taken over by Gaia.com and investigative Mexican journalist Jamie Maussan.
Mr Maussan has also previously investigated a series of alleged alien body discoveries which turned out to be hoaxes, including claims that an old slide found near Roswell, New Mexico, USA, showed the body of an alien recovered from the infamous alleged flying saucer crash of 1947.
This was later found to be the remains of a mummified human child.
In another Gaia.com video, Mr Jamin was also back on the scene, and described the man who provided the mummies to him.
So, what is clear is the genuine scientific community claims these are fake mummies put together using the real remains of humans, and therefore archaeological crimes have have been committed.
However, we do not know exactly where they are supposed to have been found, or really who by.
And, with so many people who have previously been involved in investigating discoveries that later turned out to be hoaxes, or misidentified objects, these so-called world-changing finds appear to be fake.
With more videos in the pipeline from Gaia.com, the motivation behind the slick productions remains unclear.
Gaia.com charges fees for some of its videos to be viewed and a fee-paying conference was held about the Nazca mummies.
Express.co.uk has asked Gaia.com and Mr Maussan for details about where the so-called alien mummies were discovered.
We asked for the location, who found them, whether it was part on an official dig, and if there were any pictures of the discovery.
Both Gaia.com and Mr Maussan failed to answer.
However, footage in the new video shows what appears to be the entrance to the tomb and mummified remains buried in there, at an undisclosed location.
Mr Foerster was unavailable for comment when Express.co.uk contacted him.
In a press release, the pair said: “Recently, the internet exploded with images of newly discovered mummies, discovered in the region of Nazca, Peru.
“This is not the first time such earth shaking discoveries have been found, only to turn out to have a more mundane explanation.
“Could these recent findings be what we have been waiting for?
“We have recently returned from Peru after conducting a painstaking and thorough investigation that encompasses physical examinations of the bodies, scrutinising X-rays and scans, reviewing medical conclusions and being cast into the murky depths of the illegal black market.”
Mr Mera told Express.co.uk: “We are at this time in discussions with doctors at universities around the UK.”