Big scientific row over Ata the tiny mummy

Days after researchers announced that a tiny mummy once rumoured to be an alien was actually a human infant, Chilean scientists have condemned the new study as unethical and their government began an investigation into grave robbing.

The Chilean National Monuments Council, a government agency, said in an e-mail that it had initiated an inquiry into whether the little girl's remains were illegally exhumed in 2003 and smuggled out of the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Big scientific row over Ata the tiny mummy'. Print Edition | Subscribe