A little over a 165 miles south of the capital city of Lima lies the Paracas Peninsula. In this desert peninsula located in the Ica region of Peru, a group of 300 skulls, some of which are elongated, were unearthed by the Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello in 1928.
Who these people actually were is still a mystery that has baffled researchers and scientists alike for decades since the discovery. Some claim they were an indigenous people who practiced purposeful cranial deformation while others say they were possibly ‘aliens’.
What is known about these skulls, besides the fact they are elongated, is that the cranial volume is often larger than that of modern humans. The skulls also feature only two suture joints as compared with modern day humans who have three of these suture joints. Another unusual feature of the skulls is they are known to have red hair something that modern indigenous people of the region are not known to have.
This phenomenon of red hair and elongated craniums is not just isolated to the Paracas Peninsula of Peru but are found throughout the world. From Russia to China as well as America similar red haired skulls have been excavated with the same mystery surrounding them.
These extraordinary skulls have challenged traditional history as well as the conventional way of thinking of our human origins. Will we ever fully come to understand who these people were and where they came from? The answer to that question is anyone’s guess.