Monday, August 31, 2009

1997: Puerto Rico's "Alien Foetus"

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Hence, given the excitement of a claims of an "alien baby" on the Internet, I'm taking the liberty of reprinting the full text of the "alien foetus" story that we ran in SAMZIDAT, Inexplicata's forerunner, in September 1997:

"In mid-September of this year, the Internet crackled with the astounding piece of information that an alien foetus contained in a small bottle had been found on the body of a man shot under mysterious circumstances in San Juan, P.R.. According to reports received from Lucy Plá of the Puerto Rican Research Group and Federico Alvarez of UFOSCIPR, the television news departments of two major channels (the NBC and CBS affiliates, respectively) kept the entire island on tenterhooks for 48 hours while deciding if a genuine extraterrestrial corpse had finally been found on the island. The result was predictable: a news conference was held in which each journalist present showed a tiny "keychain" made up of a vial containing what appears to be a small, shriveled Grey alien.

The following appeared in local newspaper EL VOCERO:
Young Man Shot at Drug Hotspot
by Miguel Rivera Puig, Staff Writer -- EL VOCERO

A small test tube containing a foetus described by some who saw it as being a highly unusual creature -- leading many to believe that it may be an extraterrestrial or even a "chupacabras"-- was found Wednesday (September 18) in Santurce's La Colectora section. The tantalizing "foetus" turned out to be made of plastic.

"The murder of Fred Acevedo Martínez, 31, is the second nonresident death to occur in Santurce this month. Fred, who lived in VIllas de Río Grande and his family at Luquillo's Sandy Hills Condominium, was seen at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday by patrolmen from the Santurce Headquarters who drove down San Rafael Street.

"The young man was behind the wheel of a 1981 Honda Accord, parked by a nameless eatery at the corner of Progreso alley, close to the now-vanished Corona brewery. A loud report was heard ten minutes later. A bullet had hit Fred in the left clavicle. He started the car immediately and promply crashed into two junked vehicles which had been abandoned in Progreso alley.

"Policewoman Beatriz Rivera, who had noticed him earlier, reached the seen of the crime only to find the driver already dead. The car sustained heavy damage upon colliding into the junked vehicles. Suspecting that they were dealing with a homicide and not an accident, the police officers summoned agents of the Homicide Division of San Juan's CIC. Forensic sciences experts found a two-inch test tube on the back seat. The tube, covered by a black rubber stopper, contained blue liquid and what appeared to be a foetus. This gave rise to endless speculation. The victim's brother would subsequently tell researchers that the foetus was in fact a toy, and that he himself owned a similar one."

The Alien Baby That Wasn't

Reader Beware: The Alien Baby That Wasn’t

The following is a fragment from an article I wrote for Timothy Green Beckley’s “UFO UNIVERSE” in the late 1990s on the subject of alleged alien-human hybrids. The information came from the work of distinguished Mexican researcher Luis Ramírez Reyes, lecturer and author of major works on his country's UFO/paranormal phenomena:

“In early 1993, an anonymous young woman was driving between Mexico City and Poza Rica, Veracruz, as part of her regular route as cosmetics saleswoman. Upon reaching the Teotihuacán archaeological site, she became aware of an object she thought to be a UFO in the clear blue skies.

“The next thing she new, she had arrived at her destination. Perplexed and afraid, she glanced repeatedly at her wristwatch and noticed that it indicated the very same time at which she'd left Mexico City and was driving along the expressway that runs past the Teotihuacán pyramids. Her pulse racing, she pulled into an alleyway in Poza Rica to steady herself. A passerby informed her that the time was now 2:00 pm -- three hours later than the time on her wristwatch. The mechanics of how she had been able to traverse the 300-kilometer distance without being aware of it eluded her completely.

“She conducted her business transactions nervously, haunted by the experience she had undergone. In the weeks that followed her "missing time" experience, the cosmetics saleswoman began to experience lassitude and nausea to the extent that she went to see a doctor. The physician dutifully informed her that she was pregnant -- a statement that astonished her, since she was still a virgin and did not even have a boyfriend.

“Seven months later, at a private clinic whose name and location [was kept confidential by the researcher], she gave birth to a strange creature having double-membraned eyes, thick frog-like lips, joined fingers and hard, shell-like features on its skin which were similar to a tortoise's shell. Panic spread among the delivery room doctors and nurses, and only stern admonitions from the clinic's director kept the story from circulating any further.

“The bizarre newborn remained inside an incubator for three weeks after its birth in September 1993. A physician's report indicated that the "baby" would not drink any formula or dairy products, but appeared to crave herbs. Other peculiarities included its inability to withstand light, preferring "infrared light sources" and the development of scales along its spine.

“Photos of the creature were shown to an analyst who has also requested anonymity. His expert opinion was that the newborn belonged to a "saurian or reptilian species" of some sort. The researcher's sources claim that the mother is raising her "child" alone, and that the latter is growing and developing into a full grown amphibian reptile "horrible to behold within our notions of beauty."

“Is this reptilian infant merely a throwback to the very beginnings of the evolutionary trail? A human child deformed by unknown radiation or toxicity? Or can we actually believe that it is the offspring of a human mother and a clearly non-human father during a "missing time" experience?

Far from being alien, the infant in question suffered from the disorder known as
icthyosis (harlequin icthyosis, to be specific). The excitement that such stories can produce in believers in the likelihood of extraterrestrial visitors to our corner of the universe is understandable, but when evidence is presented, they are often misidentifications of very human genetic disorders. At times, photos of these cases have been used to fuel media interest in the subject or to further personal agendas. Reader beware.

Argentina: Chupacabras in Santa Fe

Date: 08.30.09

Argentina: Chupacabras in Santa Fe

The discovery of mutilated calf in a field near Santo Domingo (Santa Fe, Argentina) caused renewed panic among local residents, who believe that the mysterious Chupacabras is on the move again.

Thus, after several years without showing itself, the famous rural legend regarding the “monster” that feeds on cows and other animals returned to the headlines.

This new case occurred in recent hours near the locality of Santo Domingo, in the heart of the province, where a local farmer came across a multilated calf.

“No traces of blood were evident. It was clean, really clean,” said the man, an experienced farmer. Bemused, the local said it was hard to describe the condition in which the animal was found, although he did furnish some details.

”There were no visible traces of blood. It had perfect, smooth incisions, like someone running a finger along the edge of a plate. It was also missing its intestines, a kidney, its stomach, and its abdominal cavity was likewise empty,” he claimed.

Due to this incident, other cities began reporting their own cases, which will be looked into to ascertain their truthfulness. The deaths of three more cows are being investigated in the town of Providencia. These animals displayed similar injuries.

While removal of reproductive organs in these animals have been reported, they were associated from the start with this phenomenon, althought SENASA concluded that these mutilation were performed by foxes and the “red muzzled mouse”

SOURCE -ánico-en-un-pueblito-de-Santa-Fe-afirman-que-volvió-el-chupacabras/

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales. Special thanks to Laura López)

Mexico: Maussán's Alien Baby

The Internet has been abuzz for a few days now with the story and lurid images of an alleged “alien baby” found in Mexico. Sensational discoveries such as this are usually good to keep the phenomenon in the media, but rarely serve any useful purpose (readers of Inexplicata will remember the “alien in a bottle” from Puerto Rico in 1997, which wound up being a mass-produced keychain)

But, for the sake of completeness, here’s what a Madrid-based newspaper had to say on the story:

Date: August 26, 2009
Source: La Voz Libre

Did this Creature Come From Another World or Does the Story Conceal a Hoax?

MADRID – Jaime Maussán, 56, a Mexican TV host, broke the incredible case: An “extraterrestrial baby” was caught in a trap in May 2007. Up to now, scientists have been unable to investigate it and obtain results as to the nature of the creature.

Maussán, an expert in ufology, reported this on his show and displayed the first images.

“I’m certain it’s authentic.” He learned of the story by pure chance. Up to late last year, the owners of the farm did not turn over the mysterious being to have tests performed at a university and analyze its DNA.

Farmers heard the “alien baby” scream; driven by fear, they immersed it in water and drowned it on the third attempt. Early research results have only now been disclosed: it is not an animal known on Earth. Its physical makeup shows non-human traits (such as teeth designed to survive in a watery environment) and others that do correspond to humans (such as the build of its joints).

The “alien baby” had an extremely large brain, especially in its rear, which in humans is connected to learning and memorization. This has prompted scientists to suggest that the creature could be extremely intelligent.

Countless reports of UFO sightings and strange marks in the cornfields have been reported from the part of Mexico where the creature appeared. It is for this reason that they suggest that it could be a small alien who was left behind.

UFO expert Jaime Maussán is seeking new explanations. Peasants have told him that there was a second creature on the farm: it took off running when the peasants approached the trap.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales. Special thanks to Planeta UFO and La Voz Libre)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Argentina: UFOs, Declassification and the Press

Argentina: UFOs, Declassification and the Press
By Soledad Vallejos, Diario Pagina 12 (newspaper)
Sunday, August 23, 2009

There are very few stories about strange objects in the skies these days. Fabio Zerpa’s lost his ratings. But fans say that UFOs are busier than ever. They complain at the media’s laughter, and collect signatures seeking to declassify the files on the phenomenon that – they solemnly swear – the Government is concealing...

Even when they aren’t always visible, they’re always there. And what’s more, in recent years their sightings have grown in frequency and quantity, to the point that patterns are being defined. This is what Argentinean UFO experts claim, and when asked by Pagina 12, they can do no less than reject what they are told. “Of course there are [sightings] and more of them. The problem is that the media treats this as a joke,” retorts Silvia Perez Simondini, the researcher whose efforts have resulted in the country’s only UFO Museum.

“The thermometer we employ is the press, not only here in Argentina, but around the world. And the press often only gives the news, and then various cases begin to proliferate...but the fact is that the UFO phenomenon is always present,” says the man who has spent half of his life with a name that is synonymous with the flying object phenomenon: Fabio Zerpa. Acolytes of ufology are so convinced by all this that since early June, they have been gathering signatures to request the declassification of secret documents – of whose existence they are fully convinced – from the government of Cristina Kirchner and the congress.

What supports this certainty about what has occurred, and such optimism about what is to come from the skies? For starters, there are over a thousand videos shared on YouTube, nearly half a million websites that mention sightings and share research, in both cases referring purely and exclusively to the goings-on in Argentina. In 2008, the officious records kept by national researchers gave an account of “the great wave”: 550 cases reported in twelve months. Between January and June 2009, when the progression of previous years would have suggested a decrease in sightings, 235 cases have been reported each week. Added to this is the wave of animal mutilations in various provinces.

UFOs come and go. Files endure. For a long time, Silvia Perez Simondini lived in Southern Argentina. “I went from oil well to oil well, because my husband was a petroleum engineer. I lived for eight years in Caleta Olivia, and that’s where I had an extraordinary experience – a UFO flew right over my house, all Caleta saw it. Since then, I made a formal vow to research the subject.” It was August 1968, the day that her middle child celebrated his first birthday, and she was a young woman who could not understand how “an enormous UFO could fly over her house at ten to six in the evening.” It was thus that she became involved in a subject that had interested her not at all, beyond casual conversation. “It changed my life. I found my vocation.”

Forty years later, and living since the ‘90s in Entre Rios (when the city of Victoria became a UFO hotspot), she is the founder of the Museo OVNI and one of the most active researchers in the country. Simondini is also one of the founders of the Comisión de Estudio del Fenómeno Ovni de la República Argentina (CEFORA), which following a meeting held in Victoria, set out to gather signatures throughout the country. “At first we need one hundred thousand in order that a legislator can take on our request and execute a project to present before the Legislature, allowing the declassification of our country’s UFO files. We are already beyond the thousand-signature mark. In the Southern Cone, the only ones dealing strongly with the matter are Perú and Argetnina. We are very enthusiastic, because 22 countries have already declassified [their UFO files]. This is currently underway in Brazil, and it was done in Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador. They have all disclosed what is being held in the military archives.” Simondini says that in Argentina “even the police keeps UFO files,” which undoubtedly multiplies conjectures about what may be uncovered.

Why are you asking for declassification?
We, as researchers, are in fact aware of everything, but this declassification is requested for various motives. Number one, we want people to realize that this stopped being science fiction and is now fact. Impressive things are occurring worldwide with UFOs. Secondly, it should be known that all official agencies have laboratories where this is studied. But in order to analyze the elements that we find in our field investigations, we must resort to private sources that cost a fortune. No one helps us in our research. We have no subsidies, budgets or anything. However, if files were declassified, we could have our analyses performed by university labs. Everything comes out of our pockets, even if it’s only to share it with people. It matters to us greatly that the public becomes aware of all this, because there is then the chance of reporting about things as they occur, which is not being done at the moment.

So then you say that it’s not on account of a dearth of UFOs?
No, quite the contrary. What happens is that when the media invite us, we wind up ridiculed, like circus clowns. If this was official business, no one could laugh.

What kind of information has been consigned to the records?
A lot. The public is never made aware of UFO crashes in our country, but there have been.

The glow that UFOs had in the press dimmed as the spotlights of fictional productions brightened: the progressive disappearance of sightings on news broadcasts, the press and magazines was matched by successful TV series and movies that dwelt on the alien. Simondini is thoroughly convinced that the jocose treatment of the subject matter keeps researchers away, and keeps witnesses from stating their case to the media. The key is in fiction.

Why would [the phenomenon] be displaced by the forum in which these [fictional] accounts are told?
It’s just that in recent times, the truth is being told by movies. Take a look at “La Cuenta Regresiva”. Take a look at “Witch Mountain”. All of these movies are telling the truth, but for a reason. I think that they are being used by the United States to keep from having to make an official statement about what is occurring.

What would this hidden content involve?
Well, in Cuenta Regresiva they’re explaining something scientific that’s shaken NASA at this time...the fact that there’s something happening to the sun. Just take a look at NASA’s website.

Without quite being the highly specialized information provided by the U.S. space research center, Argentinean UFO witnesses, researchers and fans have more than a corner on the Internet. This also transformed – and continued to transform – the logic of how space phenomena operate. Aside from Visión Ovni (the site created by Simondini and from which the radio show she hosts on Monday nights on can be downloaded), there is also the Union de Investigadores del Fenomenos Anolmalos, a multitude of sites belonging to independent researchers, and also the digital corner belonging to the dean of the subject:

It is Zerpa himself who answers the phone from a location the province of Buenos Aires, where he chose to withdraw when he grew tired of city life, and from which he organizes courses, writes when he can, and devotes himself to the subject that replaced his passion for acting when he was in his thirties. He is now 80, and doesn’t mind mixing it up when asked the question:

So is it true that UFOs aren’t around anymore?
I don’t agree with that. It’s not that they aren’t seen. It’s just that the thermometer we use is the press. And the press doesn’t always give you the story. But UFOs are always present. I can give you a good example— there was a wave in 2008, and an average of two UFOs a day were reported all over Argentinean territory.

And you say that all these cases were ratified?
Yes, of course. They belong to different varieties. There have been encounters of the first kind, when a strange vehicle is seen in the atmosphere. Those were countless. We also have the famous “invisible UFOs”, which the photo camera picks up as a black dot, or a vehicle, or something in the sky. If one magnifies these images, you can see that a technological device is involved: the classic shape of two inverted soup bowls joined at their edges – which is only one of the 163 shapes adopted by these devices, which have all been catalogued and identified. These invisible UFOs are now the most frequent, and there are many witness photos because technology has progressed greatly and it has become easier. These so-called invisible UFOs have a technology that keeps the human eye from seeing them times, but a camera eye can see them. During the 2008 wave there were many encounters of the first kind, but there have also been those of the second kind, which is when the vehicle descends and leaves traces of its manifestation. At El Remanso, a neighborhood not far from where I live, tracks were left in the backyard of a house by an object that appeared at midnight. Crop circles have appeared in Salta – these are geometric circles that result from the presence of UFOs. What happens is that when such marks appear, or a light, it’s not that the object is there. It could perhaps be thousands of kilometers away from Earth.

And supposedly there were many cases recorded this year?
Ten days ago, these lights, which are beams of compacted lights, more like lasers than customary lights, were seen at Nogoyá. They were responsible for cattle mutilations.

Why do they do this?
We have a hypothesis for over thirty years – they simply do this for research purposes. This also happens, but if the press does not echo our research, the public never finds out about it. I have the impression that the media wants aliens to no longer be in the news. They don’t want to see UFOs or the traces left by one. However, it happens every day. It’s as though they’re no longer interested. I don’t know. Maybe they want a spacecraft to land at El Obelisco and have a meeting with Crisitina Kirchner.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales. Special thanks to Grupo G.A.B.I.E)

Mexico: UFO Photographed Over Morelos

Date: 08.24.09

Mexico: UFO Photographed over Morelos

Object photographed while a site was being surveyed.
Mr. Mario Castaneda Marquez sends us an image taken in the municipality of Emiliano Zapata in the Mexican state of Morelos.

The photo shows an elongated, three-colored object that went unnoticed by the photographer when he pressed the shutter.

"On August 14, 2009 I visted Colonia 3 de Mayo in Morelos to perform a site measurement and localization job (for municipal registration purposes). I took photos as a record for my client. I saw nothing unusual until I inspected the images."

Mario also shows us other images that form part of the sequence taken at the time.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Mexican Airship in 1900?

Scholars of ufology are well aware of the "Airship Flap" of the late 19th century, studied by Jerome Clark and Lucius Farish and covered extensively in Robert Emenegger's "UFOs: Past, Present and Future" and Ralph & Judy Blum's "Beyond Earth". The presence of bizarre dirigibles or blimps, some of them reminiscent of Jules Verne's Robur the Conqueror's flying fortress, constitutes one of the most interesting high-strangeness periods preceding the onset of the modern UFO age.

The photo shown above depicts a Mexican airship with conflicting dates: one source claims 1900 ( and another 1907 (Instituto Nacional de Estudios de las Revoluciones de Mexico). The artifact was a promotional vehicle for a long since vanished tobacconery, "El Buen Tono", which existed in the area presently occupied by Mexico City's Mercado de San Juan. Was this unsafe contraption created by the Mexican balloon-maker Joaquin de Cantolla y Rico, who was making and flying balloons as early as 1853? Or was it in fact imported by Ernesto Puigbet in 1907 and piloted by an American, "the famous Mr. Hamilton", as suggested in Jose Villela's Breve Historia de la Aviación en México (1975)?

The question is best left to aviation historians, but one may wonder if simple "airships" of this kind may have been responsible for at least some of the sightings of what Ralph Blum described as "The Great American Magical Mystery Airshow"?

1968: The Electrician and the Alien

Argentinean author Alejandro Agostinelli has treated readers of his Magia Crítica blog to a hilarious news report from 1968 that combines an interest in both ufology and cryptozoology – well, not exactly, but it showcases a story almost as outrageous as that of Buck Nelson and his “space dog” Big Bo.

Siete Dias magazine – The Argentinean equivalent of LIFE magazine – ran a story in its August 11, 1968 issue regarding the adventures of Silvano Di Venanzo, described as “an itinerant electrician” from the town of La Concha in southern Tucumán, where electricity was not yet available, forcing him to practice his trade in neighboring communities. But when rumors that a flying saucer had landed in a wilderness not far from La Concha, Di Venanzo found a way to lessen his financial burden.

Arund that time, the itinerant electrician had managed to catch a rather unusual specimen: a Manuyato (procyon cancrivorus), a mammal belonging to the same family as ferrets, described in the publication as “a sort of fox-faced monkey with the uncanny ability to weep like a human female.” The photo of this specimen available from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at shows what resembles an upright raccoon.

There was a further grotesque detail that made this particular Manuyato more valuable, as it had three hands instead of two, prompting some locals who saw the specimen to remark that it appeared “to have come from Mars”, and without further delay, Di Venanzo traveled to the city of Tucumán, where he managed to obtain a certificate “from one of the province’s most serious scientific organizations’ stating that the Manuyato was an unidentified specimen. To make the poor deformed creature even more unrecognizeable, the electrician dipped it in green vegetable dye and toured southern Tucumán province with “the Martian Manuyato”, charging local yokels 100 Pesos a pop to see the alleged alien.

It was only a matter of time, says the Siete Dias article, before the police arrested the hoaxer. But Di Venanzo presented the certificate issued by the Miguel Lillo Institute, and the authorities were forced to release him. The article ends by saying that the electrician managed to hoodwink people out of an estimated thirty or forty thousand Pesos.

No further information on the itinerant electrician and his “alien friend” is available, but one can't help think of P.T. Barnum's admonition about how the unsuspecting are easily parted from their hard-won earnings.

(Photo courtesy Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Argentina: A UFO Over Coronel Suárez

We received the following message and photo from our good friend Raul Oscar Chaves of the CIUFOS-LA PAMPA group:

"The attached image is of a photograph taken in Coronel Suárez, province of Buenos Aires, in early August 2009, using a Kodak EasyShare 7 Mp with 4x zoom. A series of environmental photos were being taken and the unknown object's presence was detected upon downloading the entire photo stream to a computer."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Peru: Unidentified Object Over Tacna

Source: and Planeta UFO
Date: 08.14.09

PERU: A UFO Reported over Tacna

Personnel at the city's airport discarded the possibility of aircraft. Meanwhile, citizens took to the streets to see for themselves.

Residents of Tacna reported seeing two Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) to RPP.

Authorities at the Carlos Cirianni International Airport of the city of Tacna dismissed the possibility that it could have been a flight at that late hour. A group of individuals took to the streets to see the event for themselves and tried to take photos of the phenomenon with cellphone cameras, as the uncertainty is ongoing. These witnesses claim that the objects are round and glowing; others stepped out to the balconies of the homes for a better look at the firmament.

Peruvian Air Force sources contacted by RPP note that there is no official report on the presence of unidentified aircraft that have entered the skies of Tacna without authorization.

The communications media pointed out that the event could have been a sighting of the planet Jupiter and its moons, as its orbit would form a nearly perfect alignment with our own planet's and with the Sun. The people of Tacna continues to expect a pronouncement from the authorities regarding the true nature of the phenomenon.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez)

Bigfoot Beyond Our Borders

By Scott Corrales
(c) 2005

It is possible that the man-apes variously known as Sasquatch, Yeti, Ukumari, etc. constitute the greatest and best known variety of mystery creature, and the only kind whose study has received a tacit nod from officialdom. Anthropologists have even gone as far as establishing its identity as the Gigantopithecus, an anthropoidal creature which may have survived into modern times by keeping clear of homo sapiens. The historic record contains mentions of these beings, such as that they were used by the ancient Medes and Persians as ferocious battle animals, and that Nearchos, Alexander the Great's admiral, encountered communities of these creatures on the barren shores of the Persian Gulf. The historian Arrian, whose Anabasis Alexandrii (Indica) was translated by E. Illiff Robson in 1933, mentions that as the Greek admiral headed westward, his galleys hugging the shore of the Asiatic landmass, he came upon a remarkable--and terrifying--group of natives.

When anchored by the River Tomerus (its modern location unknown), the returning Macedonians found "a lagoon at the mouth of the river" whose natives dwelt in recesses near the bank, occupying "stifling cabins". The natives, having never seen ships, took an offensive stance: Arrian states that ignorant of metals, they nonetheless wielded fire-hardened spears. The war galleys fired a volley of stones and arrows against them, and the primitives proved no match against the Macedonians, fresh from their victories along the Indus. But what is of interest to us isn't the prowess of Nearchos's forces, but the description of the six hundred or so primitives:

"Some were killed in flight; others were captured; but some escaped into the hills. Those captured were hairy, not only their heads but the rest of their bodies; their nails were rather like beasts' claws; they used their nails (according to report) as if they were iron tools; with these they tore asunder their fishes, and even the less solid kinds of wood; everything else they cleft with sharp stones; for iron they did not possess. For clothing they wore skins of animals, some even the thick skins of the larger fishes."

The rough technology evinced by these hirsute primitives-- tropical versions of the Toonijuk or Tunnit who reputedly lived in Greenland and Bylot Island in ages past )--is also found in descriptions of the Maricoxis, bestial creatures confronted by the ill-fated explorer Col. H.P. Fawcett in the early 20th century while surveying the Matto Grosso. Fawcett's description of the Maricoxis, as "great apelike brutes who looked at if they had scarecely evolved beyond the level of beasts," would not have been out of place in Admiral Nearchos' log. The Maricoxis were considered primitive even by the standards of other primitive tribes, despite the fact that they wielded bows and arrows.

Arrian mentions that the number of primitives who attacked the Macedonians stood at approximately six hundred. Did the ones that escape, assuming both males and females, retreat to the mountains of what is today northern Pakistan, moving on into what are now the modern republics of Central Asia (Kazhakistan, Turkmenistan, Tadzhikistan, etc.) to give rise to the legend of the Almasti? A fascinating possibility.

Mexico's Fearsome Quinametzin

One of these early chroniclers of Mexico's history--Fernando Alva Ixtlilxochitl--mentions in his book Obras Históricas the widespread belief that the Chichimecs, the earliest occupants of what is now Mexico, had to displace an old race of giants that lived there. This echoes not only the Biblical displacement of giants from Canaan by the advancing Hebrews, but other traditions surrounding the elimination of giants from Britain by a Trojan warrior named Brutus. The presence of these ancient colossi would thus account for the persistent discovery of abnormally large remains. Ixtlilxochitl also mentions the wars between the giants known as Quinametzin and normal-sixed humans.

Memory of the Quinametzin was widespread throughout Mesoamerica, as can be seen from the information gleaned by Spanish explorers and colonizers. Bernal Diaz del Castillo, who accompanied Hernán Cortés on his conquest of the Aztec Empire, wrote of a belief among the Tlaxcalan people that "...their ancestors had shared the land with men and women of very tall bodies and large bones, and since they were very wicked and ill mannered, [the ancestors] slew them in combat, and what remained of them died out..."

Other information turned up by early missionaries is also quite intriguing. Fray Diego Durán claimed to have seen the bones "of immense giants" excavated "out of rough places". Fray Gerónimo de Mendieta was told by the older natives that their predecessors had been forced to struggle against giants, "and after this land was won, the bones of many tall men were found." Bernardo de Sahagún, the great Franciscan missionary, would be the first to suggest that the pyramids of Teothihuacan and Cholula were the handiwork of the vanished giant race. Wherever the conquistadors went, more stories were added to the body of information concerning these creatures. When the rapacious Nuno de Guzman reached what is today Jalisco, he demanded to know from the natives why a number of towns had been abandoned. They informed him that the towns had been inhabited by a band of giants who had come up from the south.

There was to be no peaceful co-existence between the Quinametzin and the newly-arrived humans, who called them quinametzin hueytlacame ("huge deformed men" or "monstrous giants"). The advancing human tribes (tentatively identified as Olmecs and Toltecs) drove the giants out of their ancestral domain, causing some of them to flee to the north and others to the south, following the Pacific coastline down to Central America. Fray José Mariano Rothea, a Jesuit, sums up this belief as follows: " very ancient times there came men and women of extraordinary height, seemingly in flight from the North. Some of them went along the coast of the Southern Sea, while others took to the rough mountainsides..."

Fray Andrés de Olmos, writing in the 16th century, mentions a curious detail: the Mexican giants nourished themselves on oak acorns and a variety of weeds. This detail contained in the codexes enables us to contemplate a strange possibility: could the Quinametzin have survived into our present age under the guise of the tall, hirsute simian beings known as Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch and myriad other denominations? Those interviewed by the Colonial-era chroniclers explained that tradition held that those giants who were not exterminated by normal-sized humans were chased into the wilderness, where remnants of their race still endure. Marc Dem, the French author of a number of works on the paranormal, has identified the Biblical Anakim with giant beings such as the Asian Yeti.

Is there any evidence that such a race of giants actually existed south of the border?

In 1975, Mexican ufologist Pedro Ferriz visited Calvillo, Aguascalientes (on the Pacific coast, famous for its intricate mazes of unexplored manmade caves) to inspect some ancient petroglyphs on the property of local landowner Víctor Martínez. Martínez told the ufologist that he was ambivalent about the petroglyphs, which he considered unlucky, particularly since "that affair with the giants". When asked to elaborate, Martínez explained that he had stumbled upon the ancient skeletons of two extraordinarily large creatures while tilling the soil. Martínez went into Calvillo to notify the authorities about his find, only to discover that the local police believed him to have killed both giants and wanted to incarcerate him!

The farmer finessed his way out of the predicament, returned to his farm, and set fire to the bones.

Monster-Men of the Andes

Argentina's Salta region has been the focus of a number of hairy hominid sightings for many years. This rugged, mountainous region could not differ more from the Sasquatch's forested Pacific Northwest: arid, desolate landscapes meet vast salt deserts, such as the Puna de Atacama, where rainfall is almost nonexistent.

In 1956, Dr. José Cerato and geologist Claudio Spitch discovered the footprints of a Bigfoot-like creature at an elevation of almost 16,000 ft. The prints, according to Spitch, were so large that they precluded the possibility of having been made by a human being.

Shortly after Cerato and Spitch's discovery, a muleteer named Ernesto Salitonlay (name also given as José Santolay by some sources) led his animals into a lowland area and was startled by "a strange being covered by dense hair" that let out piercing screams upon seeing the human, terrifying the pack beasts in the process. Salitonlay said that the bizarre creature looked more like "a large, agile monkey" than anything else and fired his shotgun at it, but missed the target. The hairy hominid took flight and the muleteer headed post-haste to the local police station to report the incident. Authorities looking into his claims surmised that it could have been the Ukumar Zupai described in the legends of the Coya inhabitants of the region.

From all descriptions, the Ukumar was smaller than its Himalayan counterpart. It had a pointed head and projected its body forward when it ran; the natives became accustomed to hearing its cries at dusk and in the winter months. There was also the interesting detail that locals would come across ruined condor and eagle nests, high in the mountains, which appeared to have been ransacked by a savage attacker, leaving dead and injured birds in its wake.

The creature was not seen again until a hapless prospector named Benigno Hoyos, combing the Quitillipi region for minerals, was caught by an unexpected snowstorm in the vicinity of Morro del Pilar and was forced to take shelter from the elements in a cave...which turned out to be occupied by an "unknown creature of large proportions, similar to a bear." The prospector was able to fire his sidearm at the improbable being and scored a hit: the creatures screams turned into heart-rending cries of pain.

According to anthropologist Silvia Alicia Barrios, hunters have successfully apprehended live specimens of Bigfoot's southern cousin. One such case involves the capture of a family of Ukumaris--a mother and two offspring--by Andrés Olguín. The two young Ukumaris were allegedly turned over to a Paraguayan zoologist.

A Possible Connection with UFOs?

Argentinean cryptozoologist Fabio Picasso, compiler of the
Manual de Criptozoología Argentina y Sudamericana (1990), mentions the Ukumar-Zupai in his catalogue of hairy hominid sightings: In July and August 1956, the La Gaceta newspaper began to publish a series of articles (obtain with the aid of Chilean researcher Liliana Núñez) about the creature seen in the vicinity of Nevado Macón, a Andean peak standing 5700 meters above sea level, where "huge human footprints larger than those of an elephant have been allegedly seen."

Picasso notes that the sightings of the Andean hominids commenced shortly after a flurry of UFO sightings in the area, to which the newspaper items attest: in 1955, the year before the first hominid reports began, a strange object had crashed into the slopes of Nevado Macón in full view of the residents of the villages of Tolar Grande, Caipe, and Quebrada de Agua Chuya, all in the vicinity of the Salar de Arízaro. Apparently, prior to colliding, the vehicle had flown over the region all day, making themselves visible to workers at a Public Works shanty and members of the local gendarmerie, who took photos of it.

The Ministry of Aeronautics's Information Service received a request, says Picasso, to conduct an investigation to determine if the crashed object was either "an aircraft or an aerolite", but nothing appears to have been done in this regard. The fact remains that strange luminous artifacts continued to be seen over the Andean deserts, first hovering over the dusty villages and then giving the appearance of descending in the mountains. Author Gustavo Fernández adds the interesting detail that an official police communique revealed the crashed object was cylindrical and measured a whopping three hundred fifty meters long by fifty meters in diameter (approximately 1000 ft. by 165 ft.) and was metallic in color with a "dark band" visible across it. Despite the fact that it was wingless, it executed sharp and sudden turns, leaving a smoky contrail that remained visible for four hours.

"This anecdote," states Fabio Picasso, "appears to contain the seeds of the oft-mentioned theory regarding the link between UFOs and Yeti-type creatures; a theory which would was foreign to the specialized media and was only approached in the 1970's by Angelo Moretti, regarding South American cases involving primitive beings found amid a sweeping UFO flap." The author cautions his readers that this should not be construed as the creatures and the UFOs sharing the same origin. It is possible that the powerful crash into the mountainside drove the hominids out of their lairs.

In 1963, the village of Ranelagh in the Province of Buenos Aires was visited by a strange entity whose journalistic moniker, El dientudo ("Toothy") de Ranelagh came from its extraordinarily long fangs. For eight days, according to Gustavo Fernández, residents of this unpaved shanty town, surrounded by contaminated streams, were haunted by the fearsome "Toothy". This shaggy entity, standing some six feet tall, had phosphorescent eyes and was seen by a number the witnesses late at night near a small bridge.

Unlike most cases involving hairy hominids, "Toothy" lashed out against humans, injuring a few of them; but it saved its true rage for dogs. According to reports, the monster killed several and devoured them.

"Toothy"'s short reign came to an end when a police officer fired his service revolver at the monster one night; the following morning it was ascertained that blood had been found next to its footprints. Police speculated that the creature, wounded to death, had fallen into Ranelagh's polluted creek. It was never seen again.

There are more recent cases of strange creature activity in Argentina: Carlos Alberto Iurchuk, editor of the El Dragón Invisible journal, received a letter from one Gustavo Aufnerr--owner of an estate in the municipality of Carlos Spegazzini--regarding a 1996 encounter with the unknown.

Aufnerr was walking through a forest trail one summer evening when he heard a noise behind him. Upon closer inspection, Aufnerr and a companion shone their flashlights toward the ground, only to find the carcass of a dog, eyes vacant and jaw torn off. Gripped by fear, both young men heard the noise once again. As they moved away, they came across another carcass--this time that of a cat, slain in the same gruesome fashion. They only did what could be expected in such a circumstance: they ran.

But their frantic race toward safety was interrupted by "something" that crossed their path in a sideways motion, crossing the forest trail from left to right. According to Aufnerr's description, the strange "something" was about the size of a dog, but running on two legs, with a rounded head smaller than its body, and with claws dangling from the upper part of its body.

¿Bigfoot in the Pyrenees?

The Pyrenees--the mountain range separating the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe--also appear to be the home of a fascinating mountain hominid. For centuries, there have been reports of hairy, foul-smelling creatures known as basajún in the Basque country and simiote or simiot in Aragón and Cataluña. Author Miguel Aracil went in search of this elusive manimal at the behest of Spain's Más Allá magazine and ascertained that belief in the simiots, far from being medieval legend, was current fact.

Medieval tradition, which has survived to our time as chronicles and artwork (two 12th century images of the simiot are known to exist, depicting it as a creature resembling the "black cats" that haunt the British countryside), holds that the simiots killed entire flocks of sheep and an occasional human. As in other countries, these Pyrenean hominids issued strange cries, grunts and wails, aside from a noisome odor.

Aracil writes that a group of woodsmen from the wild Pyrenean region of Peña Montesa was attacked by "a bizarre, hairy creature with semi-human features" which went on to indulge itself a vandalistic frenzy, shattering vehicles and heavy forestry equipment and even hurling tree trunks against humans, according to one account. Groups of volunteers scoured the mountains in search of the being but came up empty-handed, suggesting that it hid away in "the enormous caves that are found in the region." Many years later, a tourist who had gone hiking in the area had a face-to-face encounter with the creature and was astounded by its foul smell.

Scientists have dismissed the simiots as mere folktales. French scientist Alain Pillaire believed that the reports concerned a "baboon", regardless of the fact that these animals are found in equatorial Africa and are seldom over three feet tall.

Alfonso Serra concurs with Miguel Aracil, stating in his book Misterios Ocultos (Barcelona: Protusa, 1997) that gigantic skeletal remains of great age have been found in the Pyrenees, some of them buried near the prehistoric dolmen of Oren, in La Cerdanya. Nothing further was ever heard about them after they were turned over to the Barcelona Archaeological Museum. Another giant skeleton, allegedly measuring three meters long, was found in near Garós in the Pyrenees: it had the peculiarity of having had an ancient piece of iron driven through it.

Could it be possible, as many authors have suggested in past decades, that humanity is not quite alone on this planet? This question has usually been raised with regard to presence of extraterrestrial life on our world, whether visiting in passing or possessing permanent bases on it. But in this case the question is directed at the very real presence of other beings--possibly sentient--living in remote or nearly impenetrable parts of our world.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Video: On-Site at the Quebrachitos Cattle Mute

A video of VISION OVNI's on-site research work in the Quebrachitos case can be seen on You-Tube at

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Peru: More About the Jungle Saucer

Source: Periodismo en Linea – Peru
Date: August 10, 2009

Perú: More About the Jungle Saucer

An alleged unidentified flying object was captured on videotape by local resident Wiler Cumpa in July 2009 in the town of Juanjuí, San Martín Region.

To judge by the images, the alleged object moves, changes colors and makes no noise. This impressed Cumpa and his daughter as they observed it.

“See the color. It’s red in the middle, yellow, moves. It’s an unidentified flying object,” say both, in the audio picked up by the camera.

The alleged contact occurred on July 29 11:30 p.m. and has caused a sensation in its community, to the extent that [the witness] has been invited to appear on various media opportunities.

Liz Cumpa, the contactee’s daughter, also attests to the site and even said that they “summoned” the UFO so that it would appeared before their eyes.


(Translation (c) 2009. S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Giménez)

Argentina: Mutilated Cow Found in Quebrachitos

Source: Planeta UFO and Diario Necochea
Date: 08.10.09

Argentina: Mutilated Cow Found in Quebrachitos

The mystery that has caused unrest among rural residents repeats itself in the Department of Victoria's Quebrachitos wilderness.

Last Saturday, a VISION OVNI team consisting of Néstor Gaioli, Walter Vergara, Georgina Moreyra, Silvia Pérez Simondini and Andrea Pérez Simondini traveled to Quebrachitos, specifically the area known as "La Capilla", where only a few meters away could be found an animal that had been dead for several days, "showing only traces of bloody fluid around its lower jaw, through which broken hydioid bones could be seen."

The animal was found by two local youths while hunting. They contacted Nestor Gaoli, informing him that a mutilated cow had been discovered in the wilderness, displaying a very visible incision to its jaw. Néstor quickly contacted the rest of the VISION OVNI team, which reported to the site.

The team's purpose from the start was to meet the youths who would direct them to the dead animal's exact location. "A black cow, some three years old, was dead only meters away from the roadside, at the entrance to a forested area in which an abandoned house and church could be seen."

The team took this as corroboration that such phenomena would be repeated throughout the area, since according to locals "the UFO phenomenon is repeatedly seen in this area." This gave the investigation an added boost, "additional content, as in recent weeks, strange lights have been reported in these rural areas."

Upon arriving, they contacted the witnesses who took them to the location. "We crossed the barbed wire and could corroborate what we were seeing at a distance. The carcass displayed an odd, major incision from the jaw to the neck. The [carcass] was oriented with the head toward the SE and the hindquarters to the NO - a typical position in such cases. No traces of blood were found around the animal, nor was there any sign of the characteristic kicking before the death. The jawbone was entire, but separated from the carcass. On the other hand, the serrated incision that differentiates the wound from a conventional one [was also evident]. No human footprints were found, and we could not find the prints made by the two young men, but we did find traces of the cow's path. We identified is as coming from the interior of the forested area to its place of death. There was even a final bowel movement near the body. Our goal was to find two things - remains of the whitish fluid and the other bluish fluid, without any further results," state members of the team on their website.

They added: "In this instance, you can see it on videotape. We were pleased to find the serrated incision thanks to the skill of Walter Vergara, who found it in the anal region. We took a sample, as the incision is hard to find, in order to hold it as a sample for comparison. We are indebted to the training given to us by Dr. Daniel Belot of SENASA in Salliqueló, as it was he who found this pattern of incisions in Argentinean cattle. Once the sample was taken, we concentrated on the mammary glands. They showed a perfect circular incision, with four glands affected by this perfect form of extraction. We extracted a sample that we deemed the most valuable for comparison purposes as well," they reported in a written statement to Diario Victoria.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)

Friday, August 07, 2009

Argentina: Schoolteachers See, Photograph UFO

Source: and Diario Necochea
Date: August 6, 2009

Argentina: Schoolteachers see, photograph UFO

The teachers staid that it was “an orange half-moon that turned into a huge sphere.”

De la Garma, Argentina – Four schoolteachers from Neuquén reported having seen an alleged UFO yesterday as they headed to a school in the De la Garma region.

“We started to see an orange half-moon that turned into a huge sphere, and we took some photos of it with our cellphones,” said María Inés Martos, the principal of the local school, in a radio interview with Radio LU24.

According to Martos, the UFO sighting took place at around 7:30 before it “vanished swiftly into the horizon”.

According to the website, the event occurred as the instructors headed to the De la Garma school. At that time, the stopped at Monte Chueco to look at the inexplicable phenomenon and take pictures of the object.


(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Grupo G.A.B.I.E and Planeta UFO)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Peru: UFOs in the Jungle

Source: Planeta UFO and Diario Perú
Date:August 4, 2009

Perú: UFOs in the Jungle

On July 29, 2009 at 11:28 p.m., inn the city of Juanjuí of the San Martín region, a journalist recorded the apparition of a UFO for a total time of 45 minutes with a digital camera. This news became widespread throughout all of the Amazonian media.

Wiler Cumpa, 38, a social commentator, captured the event in images, and is startled by the find.

Juanjuí is located in the southern section of San Martín, a location known as the home of the ruins of Gran Pajatén.

(Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez and Ivan Ruiz)