JURASSIC MARS: 'Conclusive Proof Dinosaurs Once Roamed the Red Planet'
IT HAS been hailed by alien hunters as undeniable proof that huge dinosaurs, like those that used to live on Earth, 'once roamed' the surface of Mars.
A new image that appears to show the fossilised skull of a herbivore-like dinosaur is going viral online.
Paranormal investigators have labelled the image, marking out significant parts of the skull, such as teeth, mandibles, and a nasal cavity.
The Paranormal Crucible YouTube channel uploaded a video about the discovery, saying it could also be a wild horse type creature.
An array of alleged skulls, and other so-called creatures, have allegedly been found in NASA pictures of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover droid, which is exploring the Red Planet.
NASA denies finding anything of significance, other than signs of water on the surface, and sceptics say these "discoveries" are just odd-shaped rocks coupled with the effects of Pareidolia.
WHAT IS PAREIDOLIA?
- Pareidolia is when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures, such as clouds or rock surfaces.
- Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the Man in the Moon, the Moon rabbit, hidden messages in recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds, and hearing indistinct voices in random noise such as that produced by air conditioners or fans.
- Pareidolia can cause people to interpret random images, or patterns of light and shadow, as faces.
- Rocks may come to mimic recognizable forms through the random processes of formation, weathering and erosion. Most often, the size scale of the rock is larger than the object it resembles, such as a cliff profile resembling a human face. Well-meaning people with a new interest in fossils can pick up chert nodules, concretions or pebbles resembling bones, skulls, turtle shells, dinosaur eggs, etc., in both size and shape.
But, in a video blurb, Paranormal Crucible claimed on this occasion to have proved it was genuine.
It said: "This artifact is definitely a creature's skull, possibly a dinosaur or an equus feru (wild horse) species.
"I have pointed out areas like the mandible and maxilla as well as six other points of reference, this proves its not a weird shaped rock. I will post the HQ image on my Facebook page as a point of reference for any researchers."
But the channel has been accused of misleading viewers, because it openly admits digitally manipulating the images.
Viewers of the video, however, still need convincing that it is not just another rock.
One, with the user name Rotcod, said: "I taught anatomy for years. This is a stretch."
Simon M added: "Our minds are programmed to create faces in objects. It's a rock."
And another called Fylow said: "I think it's just a coincidence."
But one user with the name, The Top 10, couldn't leave it at that.
They posted on YouTube: "Look at the teeth, eye hole, and jaw line. Also the dust and debris covering it. Too real."
And Jimmie Lee wrote: "I would pass this down as a rock but I can't t help but focus on what look like teeth."