A Message from Emery Smith: Well everyone, as I’m sure you have already seen, the white paper has finally been published and was released today! Congratulations to all the scientists that collaborated on this project, it has been many years in the making and I am so grateful to have been a part of it.
Thank you Dr. Garry Nolan for your friendship and incredible work. Many thanks to all teams and universities involved for your dedication to this project and your hard work accomplished in pursuit of discovery. It has ben an honor to collaborate with you all. I would also like to thank all of those who have been following along with this story for your support and interest. There will be an exclusive interview with Dr. Garry Nolan and myself released in the following months, so please stay tuned and look out for that video as it will be the only one of its kind!
I’m sure many people are coming to their conclusions about this being as publishers are announcing that this case is closed, but I can’t wait to see how the conversation develops and just how far the discussion will go.
Earth is an amazing place and we are blessed to be a part of this mysterious planet. We are making new discoveries daily around the globe and learning just how strange this world housing us truly is… and what else it might be called home to.. including wonderful beings 8 years of age and only 13 centimeters tall. We share a home with such beautiful, vast and varying life, and working on this project has provided a stellar example of this.
What an incredible opportunity it has been to be a part of this project so public for the world to witness, unlike the many others I’ve clandestinely been involved with in the past. Thank you all again for your support, I attached the long awaited analysis below and now it is finally yours to read for yourselves.
The Atacama being is talked about so widely today because of a sample I took that started it all, raising the most speculative questions amongst the worlds greatest geneticists. I am proud to have been involved in such an important time in the history of humankind and feel incredibly honored to have been a part of the team that initiated this project, bringing it fruition and to the forefront of the worlds focus, where it belongs.
Footnotes regarding the Atacama humanoid skeleton:
Over a decade ago, the Atacama humanoid skeleton (Ata) was discovered in the Atacama region of Chile. The Ata specimen carried a strange phenotype—6-in stature, fewer than expected ribs, elongated cranium, and accelerated bone age—leading to speculation that this was a preserved nonhuman primate, human fetus harboring genetic mutations, or even an extraterrestrial. We previously reported that it was human by DNA analysis with an estimated bone age of about 6–8 yr at the time of demise. To determine the possible genetic drivers of the observed morphology, DNA from the specimen was subjected to whole-genome sequencing using the Illumina HiSeq platform with an average 11.5× coverage of 101-bp, paired-end reads. In total, 3,356,569 single nucleotide variations (SNVs) were found as compared to the human reference genome, 518,365 insertions and deletions (indels), and 1047 structural variations (SVs) were detected. Here, we present the detailed whole-genome analysis showing that Ata is a female of human origin, likely of Chilean descent, and its genome harbors mutations in genes (COL1A1, COL2A1, KMT2D, FLNB, ATR, TRIP11, PCNT) previously linked with diseases of small stature, rib anomalies, cranial malformations, premature joint fusion, and osteochondrodysplasia (also known as skeletal dysplasia). Together, these findings provide a molecular characterization of Ata’s peculiar phenotype, which likely results from multiple known and novel putative gene mutations affecting bone development and ossification.
Enjoy the PDF file!Genome Res.-2018-Bhattacharya-gr.223693.117