Gallery of Human Mysteries and Anomalies

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Remains: Elongated Skull

Remains: Elongated Skull
Remains: Elongated Skull. Photo: Robert Connolly

The human existence and experience on this planet can be strange and mysterious. Here are some photos of weird human remains, anomalies, spontaneous human combustion and more

Researcher Robert Connolly photographed this strange elongated skull in 1995. It was found in South America and is estimated to be tens of thousands of years old. Apart from its obvious abnormalities, it also exhibits characteristics of both Neanderthal and human skulls – impossible in itself, according to anthropology texts, since Neanderthals did not exist in South America. Some believe that the unusual shape of the skulls might be the result of a primitive practice known as "skull binding" in which a person's head is tightly bound with cloth or leather straps throughout his lifetime, causing the skull to grow in this dramatic way.

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Remains: Starchild Skull

Remains: Starchild Skull
Remains: Starchild Skull. Photo: Lloyd Pye

Lloyd Pye, author of Everything You Know Is Wrong, has taken it upon himself to discover the identity of an unusual skull he has dubbed "The Starchild Skull." The skull, which was found in a mine shaft near Chihuahua, Mexico around 1930, is unusually wide at the back and exhibits larger than normal eye sockets. Although he says the origin of the skull is uncertain, Pye speculates on whether or not it could be of alien origin -- or at least belonging to a human-alien hybrid. While some contend that the skull was merely that of a deformed human child, Pye wanted definitive proof and so, in late 1999, subjected the skull to DNA testing. The results of the test indicated that the skull was from a human being, but Pye points out that the lab could not extract sufficient strands of DNA to make a definitive conclusion, and therefore the question still remains open.

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Remains: Fathead Skulls 1

Remains: Fathead Skulls 1
Remains: Fathead Skulls 1. Photo: Robert Connolly

Robert Connolly has photographed a similar, more complete skull. In most respects it appears to be that of a human, except that it has an extraordinarily large cranium and eye sockets. The eye sockets are about 15 percent larger than a modern human's. The age and date of the skull are unknown. Similar skulls appear in photos by Karen Scheidt of remains found in a Mexican cave. Could they all be genetic mutations, some unknown species of creature or something not of this world?

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Remains: Fathead Skulls 2

Remains: Fathead Skulls 2
Remains: Fathead Skulls 2. (c) 1995, Robert Connolly

Robert Connolly has photographed a similar, more complete skull. In most respects it appears to be that of a human, except that it has an extraordinarily large cranium and eye sockets. The eye sockets are about 15 percent larger than a modern human's. The age and date of the skull are unknown. Similar skulls appear in photos by Karen Scheidt of remains found in a Mexican cave. Could they all be genetic mutations, some unknown species of creature or something not of this world?

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Remains: Pedro Mountain Mummy

Pedro Mountain Mummy
Remains: Pedro Mountain Mummy.

"Pedro," as he has been nicknamed, is one of the most famous enigmatic human remains ever found. He was discovered by gold prospectors in 1932 when they were dynamiting through the canyons of the Pedro Mountains, which rise about 60 miles southwest of Casper, Wyoming. There he was, sitting cross-legged on a ledge with his hands resting serenely in his lap. He was completely mummified. What's astonishing, however, is that this middle-aged-looking man appeared to be only 14 inches tall! But it might not have been an adult at all. Although the mummy has been lost, X-rays survive and one modern analysis concluded that Pedro was actually an infant, or even a fetus, that might have been afflicted with the disease anencephaly.

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Anomalies: 14-Fingered Man

Anomalies: 14-Fingered Man
Anomalies: 14-Fingered Man.

This photo of a man with seven fingers on each hand is genuine and not a Photoshop manipulation. According to one source, he was a member of a village where everyone has the anomaly, although this has not been verified.

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Anomalies: Human Magnet

Anomalies: Human Magnet
Anomalies: Human Magnet.

Russian parapsychologist Edward Naumov, left, demonstrates how the human body can become magnetic. Using researcher Kevin P. Braithwaite as his subject, Naumov asked Braithwaite to concentrate as he placed different metal objects on his body. "The more I seemed to concentrate," Braithwaite said, "the better the objects 'stuck.'" The phenomenon only worked in Naumov's presence, and Braithwaite believes Naumov is some kind of "energizer."

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Anomalies: Human Magnet 2

Anomalies: Human Magnet 2
Anomalies: Human Magnet 2.

This photo, taken sometime in the 1980s, shows an eight-year-old girl whose skin apparently had magnetic properties. She demonstrated that metal combs, teaspoons and other small objects would stick to her forehead.

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Anomalies: Skewered Dervish

Anomalies: Skewered Dervish
Anomalies: Skewered Dervish.

Dervishes are people who are able to injure themselves, like this fellow above, with no real injury. They seem to feel little or no pain, there is usually little or no bleeding, and the would heals within seconds. Inexplicably, a dervish, like a normal person, could be injured accidentally.

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Spontaneous Human Combustion - Dr. John Irving Bentley

Spontaneous Human Combustion - Dr. John Irving Bentley
Spontaneous Human Combustion - Dr. John Irving Bentley.

This is one of the most famous photos from an alleged case of spontaneous human combustion. On December 5, 1966, 92-year-old retired doctor John Bentley died from a fire of unknown origin in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. The elderly man walked with the aid of a walking frame, clearly visible in the photo. The fire apparently was confined to a small area of the doctor's bathroom, which burned a hole in the floor. Most of his body was reduced to ash.