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  1. Red Pill Junkie
    Red Pill Junkie April 30, 2013 at 9:04 am |

    If Ata lived to be 6-8 years old, then it stands to reason it was nourished during those years.

    Did they try to analyze its stomach content?

  2. chadgatlin
    chadgatlin April 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm |

    This makes me recall an earlier post about the rangers that were seeing 20 inch tall pygmies in Sumatra. Would a people who are 20 inches tall as adults be about 6 inches tall around ages 6-8? I do realize they were found on opposite continents, but it does give one pause to think there may be a unique hominid group out there. “Littlefoot” or “Smallfoot” perhaps?

  3. mandors
    mandors May 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm |

    We’re sure this is not handling contamination, correct?

  4. Red Pill Junkie
    Red Pill Junkie May 9, 2013 at 11:40 am |

    This new article in io9, showing the opinion of Paolo Viscardo –a natural history curator at the Horiman Museum in London– offers the hypothesis that Ata’s high bone density is the result of the natural mummification process in the Chilean desert.

    So now the question arises: Was Lachman fully informed about the specimen’s provenance prior to his X-ray analysis?

    And has he had the opportunity to study the skeletal remains of other mummies during his career?

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