Li Jianmin, a Chinese author and expert on U̳F̳O̳s, believes he has the skull of an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ life form in is possession.
The 55-year-old science fiction writer recently unveiled the find during a seminar in the Chinese capital Beijing.
According to local media reports, the brown coloured skull is 16cm in diameter and – unlike human skulls – it has “two different layers” to its formation.
Mr Jianmin said the skull belonged to a private collector, who bought the item from a street seller in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous Chinese region.
The self-proclaimed U̳F̳O̳ scholar claimed the unnamed collector was reading one of his books, when he came across an illustration of an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ skull that bore striking similarities to the artefact that he had bought from a street vendor in Mongolia.
Mr Jianmin said he still needs to verify if the skull is extra terrestrial through DNA testing (Image: ASIA WIRE)
The author said that he carried out a scientific study – a Raman spectroscopy – and used an “atomic force microscope” – an imaging technique which can see things 1000 times smaller than ordinary microscopes – to compare the cranium with other alleged a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ skulls found in other countries.
However, Mr Jianmin admitted that he needs funds to continue with further tests, particularly a DNA test, which could prove if the cranium is actually from a creature on Earth.
He told local media: “Paying for DNA analysis is around 100,000 RMB (£11,200).”
Despite being widely mocked on social networks, Jianmin is convinced the skull is real.
He added: “I welcome questions and scepticism but if you decide to challenge me, be sure to bring along evidence.”
Mr Jianmin, an author, said he was alerted to the skull after a collector bought it in a market
It is not the first time U̳F̳O̳ h̳u̳n̳t̳e̳r̳s̳ have claimed to have discovered the skull of an extra-terrestrial life form.
In September this year, a skull with antennae was discovered on Mars by U̳F̳O̳ h̳u̳n̳t̳e̳r̳s̳ who have been trawling the Red Planet.
A̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ h̳u̳n̳t̳e̳r̳s̳ believe NASA has “missed” evidence there is life on Mars – or are trying to conceal the truth.
U̳F̳O̳ h̳u̳n̳t̳e̳r̳s̳ believe they spotted what looks like a skull of an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ being on the Red Planet when analysing images from NASA’s Martian Rover.
Popular conspiracy theory website U̳F̳O̳ Sightings Daily says of the finding: “NASA is constantly looking at mathematical measurements, stats, winds speed, surface pressure and hundreds of other stats instead of doing their job, which is discovering and reporting signs of intelligent life.”
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