A woman who “took possession” of the remains has admitted for the first time that she ordered detailed forensic tests on the “mummified creature” – found in a Russian village in 1996 – and these established the truth.
She had hoped the tests would show the existence of an alien, but they did not, she said in new testimony on the weird episode.
Russia’s largest newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported this week it has completed three years of research into the “dwarf”.
Its corpse was eventually lost in the 1990s.
“This is a still born baby with a cranial pathology known as trefoil-shaped skull”
Gynecologist Irina Uskova
But the “creature” gave rise to supernatural and mystical speculation in Russia after it was found by elderly woman Tamara Vasilyevna Prosvirina in a Urals village in the years following the Soviet collapse.
There were even bizarre claims in Russia of a UFO arriving to “collect” the real remains named Alyoshenka, while most medics always insisted it was a deformed human foetus.
The greyish form was just under ten inches in length, with a hairless head covered in dark spots and large eyes occupying most of the face.
Local detective Vladimir Bendlin told the newspaper: “My boss didn’t believe that the mummy belonged to an alien.”
As a result, he launched his own investigation.
“I took the creature back home and don’t even ask me what my wife said when she saw it inside our old spare fridge,” he said.
He told the paper he passed the corpse to a Russian group called Star Academy which researched UFO cases after they promised to carry out forensic tests.
The woman who took charge of the “dwarf”, Galina Semenkova, was tracked down by the paper after years of failing to reach her.
“We ran a series of tests on the mummy with the help of a forensic expert, who confirmed this was not a humanoid but a human foetus,” she reportedly told Komsomolskaya Pravda.
It is unclear why she and her group did not earlier disclose its findings.
She said the child is likely to have been deformed by pollution from the 1957 Kyshtym Disaster at Mayak, a plutonium production site for nuclear weapons and fuel reprocessing.
“Local autopsy experts said they had all sorts of badly deformed still born babies after that tragedy,” she said.
“The mummy was destroyed after the forensic tests.”
The Mayak incident is believed to be the third-most serious nuclear accident ever recorded.
More than 20,000 square miles was polluted, an area where 270,000 people lived, in Chelyabinsk region.
It was Bendlin’s clinical assistant, Lyubov Romanova, an expert on children’s deformities, who had said she “had never seen anything like this”, claiming the “dwarf” was “not of human origin”.
Her comments led to a media buzz claiming the “dwarf” was an alien.
Now gynecologist Irina Uskova has told the paper: “This is a still born baby with a cranial pathology known as trefoil-shaped skull.
“This is a congenital pathology well-described in world medical literature.
“The foetus was about 22 weeks old which means it was not viable.”