Meanwhile the finder, Marao Lopez, burned to death in a parked car. Uh-huh. Yes, it's all becoming clear now, Ma.
Tabloid trash this may be, but there are some interesting sidelights. Not many scientists would be willing to produce a career-wrecking finding. The biology isn’t of the cliché ridden “I wish I had a few million” variety, either.
As the Daily Telegraph reports
Tests revealed a creature that is unknown to scientists - its skeleton has characteristics of a lizard, its teeth do not have any roots like humans and it can stay underwater for a long time.
(So can lizards and scorpions, for the record.)
The creature has a large brain pan, and looks like a sawn off version of just about any science fiction movie with a low budget where the producer knows someone with a lot of store dummies. Like Roswell, this morphology is pretty common for people who aren’t trying too hard with their hoaxes, but more elaborate. The Roswell bodies were interesting, because there was absolutely no muscular or other differentiation between individuals, which is almost impossible, genetically, except in insects.
Apparently it took Lopez a long time to drown this creature. He had to hold it underwater three times. This is where the story gets hazy. Even allowing for the natural charm and social skills of human beings (which will no doubt endear them to the inhabitants of the universe for millions of years to come), picking up a baby something or other and drowning it is a bit extreme as a method of dealing with a situation like this.
Taking this story on face value:
1. This was a very small creature, no threat to an adult human. Murder? Stupidity? Both, in large doses?
2. Humans may be idiots, but the lack of curiosity involved in simply killing this being isn’t quite believable. How ignorant is it possible to be?
3. Nor is the lack of greed too reassuring. Surely even an illiterate farmer would recognize a few billion bucks’ worth of publicity when he saw it.
4. An alien, by definition, would have DNA which isn’t like anything on Earth. No comments from researchers on totally atypical DNA? No patents? Not very likely.
Lopez himself died in a very hot car fire, hotter than it should have been, according to some. This death, which was either an accident, inept pyromania, or even a lightning strike, is attributed to a “revenge attack”. Understandable as that would be, given the publicity alone, the tale has apparently now moved into the Speculate First And Think Afterwards Zone. Crop circles, abandoned alien babies, and other theories are no more than one would expect from a sector not famous for either its imagination or its rhetoric.
This creature was tiny, the size of a hand. In reptile terms, egg size, perhaps. But there are a few other things that need to be considered. Dental morphology and nasal configuration isn’t very impressive as a product of an alien physiology. If you slow it down, you’ll notice that the basic shape of the mouth and bite suggests an omnivore. To have this level of dentition in a baby suggests either pretty lousy research, or that the rootless teeth are part of a natural formation, like “egg teeth” in chickens.
The “abandoned baby” suggests no more than we’re living in a pretty trashy part of the galaxy, if this was an alien kid.
Frankly, I don’t buy it. A lot more court standard evidence is required.
So here’s a little challenge:
Let’s see this thing under independent examination, by people who can spell DNA without cheating.
Let’s see some anomalous alien genetics.
What about the eyes? No info? No spectra? If we can figure out what things look like to insects, why not this guy?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: This is too important for geeks pretending to be advocates of alien encounters. We need facts, not media masturbation.