10 Strange, Unexpected, and Controversial Discoveries

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Anomalies have been documented for centuries, and while many odd events or unusual artifacts have been explained over the years, strange happenings continue to incite controversy and imagination. Historians and archaeologists often unearth objects and information they do not expect – and sometimes these discoveries are bizarre, baffling, or at least controversial. Extra-terrestrials, elongated skulls, ghostly happenings, ancient advanced civilizations, the Bermuda Triangle, and weird artifacts – these are some of the topics that made you wonder, shiver, or laugh, as they created a buzz and debate around the world. Read on for the Top 10 of these finds.

1. New DNA Testing on 2,000-Year-Old Elongated Paracas Skulls Changes Known History

The elongated skulls of Paracas in Peru caused a stir in 2014 when a geneticist that carried out preliminary DNA testing reported that they have mitochondrial DNA “with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far”. Now a second round of DNA testing has been completed and the results are just as controversial – the skulls tested, which date back as far as 2,000 years, were shown to have European and Middle Eastern Origin. These surprising results change the known history about how the Americas were populated.

From the samples, only the mitochondrial DNA (DNA from the mother’s side) could be extracted. Out of four hair samples, three showed a Haplogroup (genetic population group) of H2A, which is found most frequently in Eastern Europe, and at a low frequency in Western Europe (one sample couldn’t be sequenced). The bone powder from the most elongated skull tested came back as T2B, which originates in Mesopotamia and what is now Syria – the heart of the fertile crescent. If these results are confirmed through further tests, it means that peoples from Europe and the Middle East migrated to the Americas long before it is conventionally believed. * Continue reading on the next page.

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