Pyramid Scheme

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Pyramid Scheme

A mysterious alien mummy hasn’t baffled scientists: the image of a human child mummy was embellished with Photoshop.

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CLAIM:

An “alien mummy” was recently unearthed in a pyramid, and scientists cannot explain its origins.

ORIGIN:

On 21 March 2016 the web site Worldwide Science Stories published a post reporting that the discovery of an “alien mummy” in an Egyptian pyramid had been confirmed by archaeologists speaking under condition of anonymity:

The mysterious creature was between 150 and 160 centimeters, and was found by archaeologist near Lahun when investigating small pyramid near the Dynasty doceaba of Senusret II. However, this fact was not discovered immediately. “Mummy of alleged alien, dating back more than 2,000 years, said a source from the Egyptian Department of Antiquities, which submitted the details and photographs of the mummy, but on condition of anonymity.

The remains of the alien created a lot of controversy in the world.

Some online sources say this is some kind of reptile because of the features that characterize these animals as their eyes too big oval. The inscriptions on the tomb of the mummy show that it was counselor to the king named Osirunet, meaning star or sent from heaven. What has fueled passions that it is alien …

The “anonymity” clause presented an immediate red flag, as it conveniently inhibited any nosy fact-checking of the claim. Another less obvious clue was the non-existence of any organization called the “Egyptian Department of Antiquities”: the former Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), a branch of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, became the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) in 2011. That agency historically oversees the “conservation, protection and regulation of all antiquities and archaeological excavations” in Egypt.

Worldwide Science Stories cited primarily unnamed sources in their article, identifying only an individual named “Dr. Victor Lubeck,” who (like the “Egyptian Department of Antiquities”) doesn’t appear to exist.

But the largest clue to the claim’s lack of credibility came in the form of reverse image searches. The “alien mummy” photograph first appeared online as early as 2008 and in its original incarnation (as a specimen purportedly discovered in Peru, not Egypt) depicted a far less extraterrestrial specimen

The “anonymity” clause presented an immediate red flag, as it conveniently inhibited any nosy fact-checking of the claim. Another less obvious clue was the non-existence of any organization called the “Egyptian Department of Antiquities”: the former Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), a branch of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, became the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) in 2011. That agency historically oversees the “conservation, protection and regulation of all antiquities and archaeological excavations” in Egypt.

Worldwide Science Stories cited primarily unnamed sources in their article, identifying only an individual named “Dr. Victor Lubeck,” who (like the “Egyptian Department of Antiquities”) doesn’t appear to exist.

But the largest clue to the claim’s lack of credibility came in the form of reverse image searches. The “alien mummy” photograph first appeared online as early as 2008 and in its original incarnation (as a specimen purportedly discovered in Peru, not Egypt) depicted a far less extraterrestrial specimen:

0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000The original photograph circulated primarily on web sites outside the United States between 2008 and 2011, when the image was altered significantly to give the mummy a more “extraterrestrial” appearance.

Unfortunately, the doctored photograph proved far more popular than its legitimate counterpart. Due to the age of the original photographs, much of what was published about that particular mummy had long disappeared from news web sites, and few unaltered iterations of the original now populate search results. Some social media clues remain, however:

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