Alien-Like Skulls Found In Mexico: A Sign Of The Mayan Apocalypse 2012?

By Amir Khan on December 21, 2012 12:54 PM EST

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Are alien-like skulls found in Mexico a sign of the apocalypse? (Photo: Reuters)

Alien-like skulls found in Mexico feature grotesquely deformed heads that look like nothing else on Earth. But are the alien-like skulls really from another planet? Scientists say no, and that the alien-like skulls are actually from a 1,000-year-old Mexican tribe.

The alien-like skulls all have deformed heads, with several having deformed teeth as well. But despite the frightening looks of the alien-like skulls, scientists say the alien-like skulls are actually proof that a Central American tradition stretched further north than ever thought.

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The practice of deforming skulls was common in Central America, and these new findings suggest that the practice migrated north to Mexico, resulting in the alien-like skulls being discovered.

The cemetery, known as El Cementerio, contained the remains of 25 people, thirteen of which had deformed skulls and 5 of which that had mutilated teeth. The thousand-year-old cavitation would have created the alien-like skulls by binding wooden boards to their heads as they grew, according to Yahoo! News.

"Cranial deformation has been used by different societies in the world as a ritual practice, or for distinction of status within a group or to distinguish between social groups," Cristina García Moreno, lead researcher and an archaeologist at Arizona State University, told LiveScience. "The reason why these individuals at El Cementerio deformed their skulls is still unknown."

However, despite the facts that the tribe performed cranial deformation, many people still believe the alien-like skulls to be from another planet, something Garcia disputes.

"The most common comment I've read from people that see the pictures of cranial deformation has been that they think that those people were 'aliens,'" García said. "I could say that some say that as a joke, but the interesting thing is that some do think so. Obviously we are talking about human beings, not of aliens."  

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