Join Gaia As We Investigate Anomalous Finding Unearthed in Nazca, Peru

Join Gaia As We Investigate Anomalous Finding Unearthed in Nazca, Peru

In the spring of 2017, Gaia filmmakers joined researchers and scientists just outside of Nazca, Peru to investigate an unearthed mummified body. Independent scientists and universities are currently analyzing findings, with initial examinations suggesting the possibility of material that is unlike anything found in the fossil record.

The recent findings in Peru, while exciting, pose some interesting questions regarding the way that discoveries of this nature should be approached.

As humans, we have an innate curiosity when it comes to making sense of the world around us. This inquisitive nature is especially noted when it comes to the history of our origins and knowing more about our ancestors. And while the minds of archeological stalwarts can be difficult to sway, new discoveries continue to present paradigm shifts and give new insight into the evolution of our world.

Archeologists are no strangers to false alarms and discoveries that sound too good to be true. They often have the difficult job of debunking myths and disproving fabricated findings. While this can be frustrating and create potential setbacks, it can also provide us with a healthy skepticism, setting standards for the burden of proof. And it is through this process of scrutiny that discoveries are made, changing our perspective and allowing for growth.

Promising Findings

As of late, there have been findings setting back our preconception of when our homo sapien ancestors first came into existence. Fossils found at the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco were dated at 300,000 years old, setting back our ancestry by over 100,000 years. Not only has this finding changed the scope of when these hominids came into being, but it also changed theories about where they came from and how they behaved.

In April of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on archeologists who found signs of hominid activity in the Americas. The team found hammered mastodon bones with the man-made tools that were used to crush them. Their proposed evidence shifts migration timelines to the Americas back by 100,000 years or more. This was said to be preposterous by many of their colleagues, but now new theories like these are likely to be given more attention and could lead to profound results. While the burden of proof is heavy when it comes to changing long-held beliefs, spontaneous findings prove how narrow our scope can be and how much more there is to learn.

An archeological conundrum that has also challenged mainstream historical narratives are the Paracas skulls found in Peru. While the elongated skulls have been debated as to the nature of their shape and whether they come from a human or non-human species, some mystery remains, even within the realist perspective. Skeptics write off their shape to artificial cranial deformation practices of ancient civilizations, but DNA testing of the skulls placed their provenance in Europe and the Middle East. The skulls also weighed 60 percent more and were 25 percent larger, a statistical anomaly left unexplained.

Another abnormal feature associated with these specimens is the location of the foramen magnum, where the spinal cord attaches to the skull, which was in a completely different location than normal skulls. Aside from these unexplained inconsistencies ignored by mainstream archeologists, the location of these skulls piques interest, especially with Gaia’s recent investigations in Nazca, Peru.

Paradigm Shifts

Within the modern era, technological advancements have allowed us to make myriad discoveries in the study of our origins. But these discoveries would never be made without challenges to the dominant narrative. And while contesting the archetypes defined by academia doesn’t always provide decisive results, they are necessary if we want to learn more.

The Sphinx water erosion hypothesis provides an example of this in which a plausible theory was quickly shut down by mainstream archeologists. John Anthony West and Robert Schoch are Egyptologists who have revived and made this argument tenable. They point out that the Great Sphinx of Giza showed signs of significant water erosion, despite an annual rainfall of no more than an inch since the dynastic Old Kingdom era. This hypothesis reverts the timeline of when the Sphinx was built, to before the time officially accepted by scholars.

A similar case, in which timelines surrounding the birth of advanced civilizations, have been challenged and proved otherwise can be found in Göbekli Tepe. The discovery of this archeological site in Turkey found monolithic structures, advanced tools and detailed architecture that was dated around 11,600 years old. This confounded archeologists and again regressed the timeline of what was originally thought to be the birth of modern civilization by thousands of years.

These discoveries have found anachronistic precedents set by mainstream history and corrected them, so what else can we learn? When we embrace these challenges through an appropriate lens, it provides us the opportunity to see who we are and why we are here.

Now with findings of this nature, we can gather data using incredibly precise measures. Given the means to expediently test organic material, there is sufficient reason for Gaia to continue to pursue its analysis. Carbon dating has shown that the samples originate between A.D. 245 – 410, and DNA sequencing is currently in progress.

With these findings in Peru, maintaining curiosity with a balanced level of apprehension is paramount. But what will this discovery mean? Without jumping to conclusions as to the origin of such a finding, if proven, our whole outlook of life on Earth could change. Our level of cognizance about who we are and where we come from could have a profoundly different trajectory. This creates an array of new questions that would challenge the status quo and potentially offer new insights into our history.

“This can change the consciousness of humanity as a whole. Finally, we accept that we know that we don’t know. All our concepts about history, about development – those are just concepts. This opens up, absolutely, a new page of history.”

  • Konstanin Korotkov, PhD, Saint- Petersburg University


The Real History of Giants Living on Earth

The Real History of Giants Living on Earth

Humans have long expressed a fascination and fear around the question, “Were there giants on Earth?” Whether in legends or life, giants have been worshipped, reviled, ostracized, and celebrated. While the existence of dinosaurs is largely accepted, and millions of people travel across continents to marvel at majestic, larger-than-life monuments, the facts about human giants or giant races are up for debate. Regardless of whether they are dismissed as a myth or accepted as fact, giants represent important aspects of our individual and collective psyche. They capture our imagination, appear in religious texts, and drive scientific inquiry. But the question still remains — did giants once roam the earth?

Proof of Giants Throughout History

The concept of giants has been a part of human folklore and mythological narratives for millennia, resonating through various cultures and continents, from the Americas to Africa and from ancient Israel to the Norse. In the Americas, both North and South have indigenous legends speaking of giant beings, some even overlapping with interpretations of megafauna like mastodons that once roamed the land. The Native American tales often include references to a race of giants, which could be considered a cultural memory of these large prehistoric animals.

In Biblical Text

The biblical references, such as those found in the Book of Genesis, speak of the Nephilim, a race of giants that existed before the Flood. These beings have been subject to much interpretation, with some considering them metaphorical while others believe in their literal existence. David’s battle against Goliath is one of the most iconic stories of a human overcoming a giant from the Bible.

Around the World

From Africa to Germany, as well as in the Norse traditions of Europe, tales of giants are common, often tied to the creation myths and early histories of peoples. Native American folklore across various tribes frequently speaks of giants, who are depicted as powerful spirits or ancestors that roamed the land, some of whom interacted with the people, teaching or challenging them. In Egyptian mythology, the giant Geb, the god of the Earth, was often depicted as a colossal figure whose laughter was believed to cause earthquakes and whose body formed the hills and valleys of ancient Egypt. Perhaps no culture is more richly intertwined with tales of giants than that of the Greeks, from the gods of Olympus to their offspring, such as the Cyclops.

Giant Skeletal Remains

The Smithsonian Institution in the United States, along with other scientific bodies, has been involved in the study of large humanoid bones that have been discovered, often shrouded in mystery and sometimes labeled as hoaxes. Newspaper articles from the 19th and early 20th centuries in New York and California frequently featured stories of giant skeletons unearthed, fueling speculation about ancient giants on Earth.

Extraterrestrial Theories

Theories about ancient aliens, as seen in various full episodes of Beyond Belief or popular documentaries, sometimes suggest that these giants were extraterrestrial visitors, while others propose that they were simply larger human beings that lived in ancient times.

Skepticism remains high, with many of these stories considered hoaxes or misinterpretations of archaeological findings. The search for evidence continues, with enthusiasts combing through books, historical newspaper articles, and religious texts like the Christian Bible and the Book of Enoch for clues.

Modern Giants, A Brief Look at Gigantism

Merriam-Webster defines a giant as being a “legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength,” as well as “a living being of great size.” In physical terms, a giant is a person over seven feet tall with a condition known as “gigantism.” The tallest person documented in modern history was Robert Wadlow (1918-1940), known as the “Alton Giant,” or the “Giant of Illinois,” who stood 8 feet 11 inches tall.

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Robert Wadlow, the Alton Giant

 

Wadlow intended to study law but lived as a celebrity after traveling with the Ringling Brothers Circus and as a spokesman for giant-sized shoes. He died at a young age, an all too common end for those with gigantism — their weight and size put constant strain on the heart and skeletal system.

Today, genetic giants are gaining acceptance because, overall, humans have evolved into a taller species. According to Max Roser, an economist studying global standards of living conditions, between 1810 and 1980, European male height grew from an average of 160 centimeters to 185 centimeters. But despite this acceptance, giants can still find life in a normal-sized world stressful and lonely and, like Wadlow, are treated as an oddity. This contradiction doesn’t exactly mirror how giant races have been regarded throughout history.

Did Giants Live on Earth?

In the realm of archaeology and anthropology, there is no credible evidence to suggest that a race of giants once inhabited the Earth. The large bones sometimes purported to be from giants have typically been identified as belonging to prehistoric animals like dinosaurs or mammoths.

However, tales of giant humans across the earth, whether rooted in mythology, religion, or speculative history, continue to intrigue us. From America to Africa, and from the annals of the Smithsonian to the pages of the Christian Bible, the concept of giants weaves a complex tapestry of intrigue, belief, and scholarly curiosity. Whether these stories emerge from real giants or are simply metaphors within cultural histories, they remain a compelling part of our collective narrative.

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