FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show The Future Of Human Evolution?

September 19th, 2023
An underwater sculpture installation "The Silent Evolution" by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor is seen between Cancun and Isla Mujeres December 11, 2010. Taylor used 'life casts' made from materials that encourage coral growth to build the installation on the sea bed off the coast of Cancun. The installation will form a new home for a variety of aquatic creatures at the Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park and is designed to reduce the impact over half a million tourists have on the area's natural reefs every year, the artist said. Picture taken December 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (MEXICO - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

A post shared on social media purportedly shows photos of a ‘crab-like’ human skeleton from a scientific experiment.


Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate.

Fact Check:

An image went viral recently after Jaime Maussan, a self-proclaimed U.F.O. researcher brought what he claims is a mummified body of an alien before the Mexican Government, according to The New York Times. Maussan has been known to make similar unsubstantiated claims in the past, he also makes these claims on YouTube.

The Twitter post purports an experiment has unlocked the future of human evolution. The photo shows a normal human skeleton next to one that resembles a crab.

The caption reads, “Skeleton recovered from the Le Lanchon experiments on human evolution. In these tests, volunteers were subjected to procedures to ‘accelerate the development of mankind’. No subject is recorded to have survived. Their crab-like form is thought to be an instance of carcinization.”

The claim is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this skeleton is authentic. A Reddit post featuring the same image also claimed that this skeleton was the result of an experiment on the evolution of humans. The image is of an art project by artist Valdés-Hevia in the comments of this post he makes it clear that this is an art project. The comments clears up any confusion saying “Getting confused people in the comments so let me make it clear for new folks: this is an art project, I made it with photoshop!”

Snopes contacted the artist and he revealed the livestream of him creating the piece on his computer. The livestream clearly shows him creating the image using photoshop. His website features similar artwork. (RELATED: No, CNN Did Not Report That Cash App Went Bankrupt)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a post that the NFL told Colin Kaepernick to sell hair products instead of playing football.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter