Marc Hubs is a writer/researcher on mind, science, and conspiracy. He is the author of "Know Your Enemy: Reflections of NPD."
Quite remarkably, Professor Carol Cleland of Colorado University believes that there may be some form of ethereal life responsible for the desert varnish found in the Atacama desert.
Although it has been speculated that desert varnish could be the result of chemical reactions that happen over thousands of years or by ecological processes, this is yet to be proven.
However, Professor Cleland believes that desert varnish could be the result of ethereal life-forms from what she calls the "shadow biosphere" - life-forms which are not perceptible to us and exist in the ethereal dimension. Professor Cleland states:
"On Earth we may be co-inhabiting with microbial lifeforms that have a completely different biochemistry from the one shared by life as we currently know it."
Cleland argues that the methods we currently use to detect micro-organisms are based on our own biochemistry and are therefore not capable of detecting "shadow" microbes. Cleland published her ideas in 2006 in International Journal of Astrobiology. There are also other astrobiologists who support the same, or similar claims, including Chris McKay of NASA's Ames Research Center, California and Paul Davies, who published a similar paper to Cleland's in 2005 in Astrobiology.
Professor Cleland elaborated:
"All the micro-organisms we have detected on Earth to date have had a biology like our own: proteins made up of a maximum of 20 amino acids and a DNA genetic code made out of only four chemical bases: adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine, yet there are up to 100 amino acids in nature and at least a dozen bases. These could easily have combined in the remote past to create lifeforms with a very different biochemistry to our own. More to the point, some may still exist in corners of the planet."
According to Dimitar Sasselov, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Origins Of Life Initiative:
"If you want a clue you can count up the amount of carbon that is emitted by living things – cows, sheep, grass, plants, forests and all the planet's bacteria. When you do, you find there is a discrepancy of around 5% when you compare the amount given off from Earth's standard biosphere and the amount you find in the atmosphere."
Basically, this means that there is too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, unaccounted for by the standard life-forms we know of on Earth. Although this theory is also still yet to be proven, Sasselov claims:
"There is plenty of room for a shadow biosphere. That is clear. Certainly, it is not true, as some allege, that we have strong evidence to show that it does not exist. In fact, the opposite is true: we do not have good enough evidence to dismiss it."
So, there could very well be both biological and ethereal life in the Atacama desert, which we have previously been unaware of... but not life as we know it!
The Atacama Humanoid
Recently, genetic testing has taken place with research ongoing, into a humanoid being that was allegedly found in the Atacama desert, Chile, before it was passed around through several people's hands.
Rather fascinatingly, the creature is the only being with ten ribs to have ever been found on Earth, and also boasts several other peculiar anomalies including it's eye capacity, which is around two-to-three times larger than a normal human being. The being is human but has 9% unmatched DNA, which is still a mystery and is currently undergoing analysis.
After being passed around for quite some time, the Atacama humanoid now belongs to Dr. Steven Greer who, in collaboration with Armadeep Kaleka of Neverending Light Productions, produced the recent UFO/free energy movie-documentary, Sirius. Whilst the research into the 9% unmatched DNA continues, Dr. Greer has recently announced that there may be another biological specimen on it's way for testing.
So far, scientific analysis shows that the humanoid being, which is just six inches tall, most likely lived to between six-to-eight years old and lived perhaps longer than a century ago. It remains a mystery how such a creature could have lived, at it's size, for six-to-eight years in such a dry, arid landscape such as the Atacama desert.
Although there is not yet any official conclusion, the humanoid remains a mystery and there remains a small possibility, as Dr. Greer is hoping, that the creature may be a biological sample of a human/alien hybrid. Whatever the specimen is, it may prove that there is some form of unknown biological life that exists, or had existed, in the Atacama desert.
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Marc Hubs (author) from United Kingdom on November 25, 2019:
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Marc Hubs (author) from United Kingdom on May 11, 2013:
Thanks prettynutjob30 (hilarious username!). Indeed life is full of such mysteries...
Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on May 11, 2013:
Great hub, I though this was a joke when I first saw it, then I read more into humanoids and realized it is just one of life's little mysteries.
Marc Hubs (author) from United Kingdom on May 11, 2013:
Thank you cryptid! I did see this little guy a few times while he was being passed around, I was quite skeptical at first. Dr. Nolan also stated, as he started the analysis, that IF it is has been put together by someone, then they certainly knew what they were doing because all of the internal parts were interconnected, just as would be expected if genuine. There is no evidence of a hoax (at least not yet) and the one scientist did admit that he was baffled.
cryptid from USA on May 10, 2013:
Great Hub as usual! I've read a little about this humanoid/alien. He's an intriguing little guy. Reminds me of that creature caught in the trap in Mexico a few years back, but this one sure doesn't look like a monkey. If it's a hoax, it's a darn good one.
Interesting concept re: the "shadow biosphere". Definitely plausible, though I think it will be tough to prove.