As NASA made its historic announcement of finding signs of water on the surface of Mars, alien hunters celebrated their own discovery amid claims these pictures shows a fossilized dinosaur in rocks on the Red Planet.
Pictures placed online, which were originally taken by the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover, showed a strange rock formation that UFO researchers claim could be the fossilized bones of a long-dead Martian pre-historic beast.
YouTube channel Paranormal Crucible yesterday said the image was taken by the rover at the Gale Crater.
In a video, the channel said: “This appears to show the remains of a possibly prehistoric monster.
“If we look closer we can see a large skull with a defined small bone, we can also see a large eye socket and a large curved spine.
“As we rebuild the artifact using enhancement techniques and colorization, we can begin to see that this artifact is the remains of a long-dead Martian creature.
“It is quite clear this is indeed the petrified remains of a Martian creature, possibly prehistoric in nature.”
The video suggested it may only have been a few hundred years old, and the remains of a Martian version of the Komodo Dragon huge lizards on Earth, saying they could survive in very harsh environments.
The video asked: “Is it possible that a hybrid species of dragon once walked the Martian surface?”
You would think NASA might get excited by a “discovery” of this nature, but it seems they are not uncommon, and so-called evidence of everything from real aliens, to other prehistoric fossils and even stone-age tools have also been put forward.
But NASA explains these are just unusually eroded rocks and the alien hunters are the victims of pareidolia – an optical illusion that is caused after the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in textured surfaces or patterns.