Earlier this month we brought you the story of a tiny alleged “alien” whose autopsy was captured in the new UFO documentary Sirius.
The supposed alien, nicknamed Ata because it was discovered Chile’s Atacama Desert a decade ago, certainly looked like a (very) little green man from outer space.
Oversized skull? Check. Dark, almond-shaped eyes? Check. Freaky, semi-humanoid anatomy? Check.
Actually from outer space? Probably not.
Sirius premiered last night in Los Angeles, finally ending the months of suspense among UFO enthusiasts over what the film might might reveal about Ata’s origins.
The answer: not as much as most people hoped.
Ata was probably a teensy human — and not, as many skeptics had insisted, a misidentified monkey — according to the scientist who conducted the DNA test.
“I can say with absolute certainty that it is not a monkey,” Dar. Garry Nolan, a researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, says in the film.
Of course it’s not a monkey. Monkeys don’t know how to fly UFOs, silly scientist.
Nolan continues: “It is human — closer to human than chimpanzees. It lived to the age of six to eight. Obviously, it was breathing, it was eating, it was metabolizing.”
That fails to fully explain, of course, why Ata is so teensy-weeny, or why she has wonky proportions that so perfectly fit with our popular conceptions of space aliens.
Dr. Nolan isn’t jumping to conclusions:
“I would like to prove that this is human [and] just an interesting mutation.”
Of course, that’s exactly the Men in Black told him to say.