A New Zealand scientist has joined criticism of a US analysis of human remains that had become famous for their alien-like appearance.
A skeleton, nicknamed Ata, was discovered more than a decade ago in an abandoned town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, and began drawing headlines after it found a permanent home in Spain.
That owed to its angular, elongated skull and sunken, slanted eye sockets – something the internet predictably suggested could be other-worldly.
Misguided conspiracy theorists went as far as claiming Ata was evidence of a UFO cover-up.
In fact, analysis of the six-inch specimen pointed to a mother’s tragedy in the recent past.