The San Pedro Mummy – An Investigation


During October 1932, whilst digging for gold in the San Pedro mountains, (situated in Carbon County, Wyoming, USA), two prospectors (named Cecil Mayne and Frank Carr), used explosives to blast an opening in a section of thick rock, within which they believed natural gold deposits to be hidden. However, when the gap in the rock revealed a small room within the centre of which was a mummy of a small human being, sat upright in a crossed-legged position, with the arms and hands crossed over its lap. Due to the similarity of some ancient and modern Buddhist and Daoist monks in China also dying sat in the upright, meditation position, and their bodies remaining in a remarkedly preserved state, I have cross-referenced Chinese language texts, to see if any parallel has been drawn with the San Pedro mummy. However, although this story does exist in China, the numerous articles appear to be copying a single source Chinese language translation, with many stating that the San Pedro mummy was discovered in 1934 and not 1932. Although it is possible that this could be a translation error, an American newspaper article (available online) does state that a similar ‘tiny’ mummy was found in Wyoming in 1934:


This story appeared in the Waco News-Tribune – Page 7  – (Waco, Texas), dated Saturday, 15th Dec 1934, and as no other earlier newspaper reference regarding the San Pedro mummy is evident, it would appear on this evidence that the Chinese language articles are correct to ascribe a date of ‘1934’ to its discovery. By 1936, the mummy was apparently being exhibited in a circus tent, being described as a 65 year old man weighing under a pound in weight. In 1948, the mummy is said to have been in the possession of used car salesman Ivan Goodman of New York, who travelled around the country exhibiting the object for money. Goodman is said to have given the mummy to a New York doctor, with the intention that further scientific research would confirm that the mummy was a miniature human being. However, Ivan Goodman died the same year (1950), and no further sign of the mummy has been seen since that date. What is interesting is that it is widely believed that the mummy was examined by one Harry Shapiro at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, who carried-out x-rays and lung analysis that suggested the mummy was an infant, with a disease called Anencephaly, prior to the mummies disappearance. Anencephaly is a condition involving the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp that occurs in the womb during embryonic development. Harry Shapiro (1902-1990) did indeed work for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and apparent x-rays of the San Pedro mummy do exist:



As the San Pedro mummy is missing today, a valid question is did it ever exist? The newspaper article, numerous photographs (including academic x-rays), and various eye-witness accounts all suggest that an object existed that became widely known as the ‘San Pedro mummy’. Could this object have been a hoax? Of course. At the time of its ‘discovery’, and throughout its history, many have believed it to be a modern medical exhibit presented as an ancient (and highly unusual) archaeological artefact, fabricated to advance the ‘creationist’ agenda, in an attempt to discredit the Darwinian theory of evolution. This stems from the fact that the top of the head is covered in a glue-like, transparent gel that appears to be ‘medical’ in origination, and which performs the function of protection of the specimen, but which allows medical students to clearly discern the inner contents of the skull. If correct, this would mean that the object is not ‘sitting upright’ as the received story suggests, but is rather a baby (that possibly died in the womb), with its legs and arms typically ‘crossed’. When placed ‘upright’ and on a level surface, the illusion of ‘sitting crossed-legged’ and ‘upright’ is achieved. This would mean that the received story is a ‘myth’, and has nothing to do with a lost race of ‘little people’, or the Native American Indian legend of the ‘Nimerigar’ people (small humans that were armed with bows and poisonous arrows, etc). From the European perspective, the notion of ‘little people’ culturally equates to the mythological ‘leprechauns’ of Ireland, and the fairies and pixies of the UK. It may be that the story of the ‘discovered’ cave (in 1932-1934)  is a fabrication as there has never been any photographs or film footage of it. The entire case may well have been a well-orchestrated hoax that followed in the wake of the 1925 ‘Scopes Trial’, which saw the US Christian community legally challenge the right of schools in America to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution (by natural selection) as a confirmed ‘fact’, and to downplay or eradicate the Christian ‘Creationist’ version of events. Unbelievably, the Christians initially ‘won’ their case, but had the verdict ‘over-turned’ (on a technicality) not long after. Even today, Christian Creationists, convinced that the San Pedro mummy represents a ‘lost’ species of human being not recognised or acknowledged by science, are offering thousands of dollars for its re-discovery, as they believe that further tests will discredit evolutionary theory. Finally, if two gold prospectors really used dynamite to blast a hole in a hard rock-face, why didn’t the subsequent explosion destroy the cave and the mummy? Furthermore, if explosives were needed to ‘get into’ the cave, how was the cave constructed in the first place?

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Russian Language References:Мумия_гор_Сан-Педро

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