THE bizarre saga that saw two "non-human" bodies unveiled by a so-called UFO expert in Mexico has taken yet another strange turn.
Doctors in Mexico City used the high-tech resources to test the specimens as part of an investigation into their authenticity.
X-ray tests and CT scans of the "alien bodies" completed today show they have not been manufactured or tampered with in any way.
Jose de Jesus Zalce Benitez, the director of the naval institute that carried out the tests, said they show the bodies were not assembled or manipulated.
He said: “[They] belong to a single skeleton that has not been joined to other pieces," The Telegraph reports.
The results are in direct conflict with earlier claims that they were artificially made using animal or human bones.
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Some academics and archaeologists have suggested the "bodies" are simply the ancient remains of mummified humans.
It comes as self-proclaimed extraterrestrial boffin Jaime Maussan faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing them.
Furious officials in Peru launched a criminal probe into the journalist and 'alien' pro after he brought his discovery in front of Congress.
The 70-year-old presented the two mummified specimens, retrieved from a mine in Cuzco, Peru, at a hearing on UFOs in Mexico last week.
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The corpses, which Maussan claims are over 1,000 years old, have small bodies, three-fingered hands and odd elongated skulls.
Maussan testified under oath that they "are not part of our terrestrial evolution" and have "non-human DNA".
The 70-year-old made the bold claims, which have strongly divided opinion, alongside forensic scientists.
But experts, UFO conspiracy theorists and politicians have all raised doubts over the authenticity of the alleged 'alien' findings.
Peruvian officials have also launched a probe into how the specimens left the country and ended up in Maussan's possession.
Culture Minister Leslie Urteaga announced a criminal complaint has been filed, although the details of this remain unclear.
She described the corpses as pre-Hispanic objects and vowed to get to the bottom of how they were transported to Mexico City.
But Maussan insisted he has "done absolutely nothing illegal," although bizarrely said he could not answer how the two specimens arrived.
When quizzed on how he acquired them, he mysteriously said he would only disclose the information "at the appropriate time".
The alien buff has even given the pair – known as the Nazca mummies – names, Clara and Mauricio.
Maussan told the Mexican congress hearing: "These aren’t beings that were found after a UFO wreckage. They were found in diatom (algae) mines, and were later fossilized."
The bodies were allegedly studied by scientists at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) who were able to draw DNA evidence using radiocarbon dating.
After comparisons were made with other DNA, it was allegedly found that over 30% of their genetic makeup is “unknown".
Scans were also shown during the hearing, with claims that they showed one of the bodies was a female which had eggs inside.
Both also have implants made of very rare metals, such as Osmium, according to Maussan.
Representatives of Mexico's congress said the presentation had left them with "thoughts" and "concerns" and with the view to "continue talking about this".
Mexican politician and Maussan's friend, Sergio Gutiérrez Luna, said he believed the UFO hearing could lead to "legislation on unidentified aerial phenomena".
But former employee at the Ministry of Defence Nick Pope received the "discovery" of the alleged alien corpses with large amounts of disbelief.
He pointed out that if the UNAM did carry out such meticulous analysis, it would have been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
"I wish this discovery was true, but I am getting increasingly sceptical about this story," Pope told The Sun Online.
"If I was the scientist behind this, I'd be sniffing a Nobel Prize and thinking about my place in history.
"I would be writing up a scientific paper and wanting to get it peer-reviewed and published in a prestigious journal."
Pope added that Maussan's timing was unfortunate as it could be a distraction and potentially pose a threat to "serious investigations" on UFOs, such as NASA's groundbreaking UFO report.
Ryan Graves, a former US Navy pilot who in July claimed the number of UFOs was being "grossly underreported", attended the UFO hearing in Mexico.
But he later said he was "deeply disappointed by this unsubstantiated stunt".
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Maussan has previously been linked to other "alien" discoveries – which were later debunked, such as five "bodies" found in Peru in 2017 that were later shown to be human.
He has also shared widely rubbished videos of UFOs, including one showing lights "flying" out of Popocatepetl.
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