story begins in October of 1932 when two prospectors (Cecil Mayne
and Frank Carr) looking for gold blasted into some rock in the San
Pedro Mountains in Wyoming. After the blast, a small room was
revealed and there sitting on a small ledge was Pedro the pygmy.
The mummy was sitting with its arms crossed which covered its
legs, weighed about 1 pound and was only 7 inches tall (in the
sitting position, an estimated 14 inches if standing). Some of the
more strange features with the body of Pedro were a flattened
skull, large bulging eyes and a jelly like substance that was
found on top of its head.
Almost everyone across the
nation dismissed the story as a hoax immediately after its
discovery saying that it was either a dummy or that the two
prospectors stole a baby with medical defects from some kind of
medical facility. Undeterred, both Mayne and Carr petitioned any
scientist interested to come and test the mummy. In 1950, the
mummy was x-rayed and an almost fully formed skeleton was shown to
be inside the remains. It was also shown that there were numerous
bones broken including the spine, collarbone and skull.
Unfortunately there were only
two detailed studies done with
the x-rays of Pedro since its
discovery. One was performed the same year the X-rays were taken
in 1950 and was done by Dr. Henry Shapiro. The second was done
around 1980 by Dr. George Gill. Each of the studies only focused
on the x-rays but they reached far different conclusions on what
exactly Pedro was.
Dr. Shapiro’s findings
included that the remains were from a fully functioning 65 year
old man at the time of death. Also found were large canine teeth
that were in direct contrast to the rest of the body size. Dr.
Shapiro used the term “vampire-like” in describing them. It was
also Dr. Shapiro’s findings that the cause of death for Pedro was
from blunt force trauma to the skull. This finding would confirm
the broken bones in the skeleton seen in the X-rays. As for Dr.
Gill’s study done on the mummy, he was able to reach some of the
same conclusions but differed with Dr. Shapiro on one major issue.
He came to the conclusion that the x-rays showed nothing more than
a premature baby or even a
with anencephaly which is a disease where the skull gets
abnormally misshapen often resulting in a swollen or flat look.
[Anencephaly results in the fetus developing little or no brain
and is invariably fatal-DD]
So what exactly is/was Pedro?
Unfortunately the answer may never be known as the mummy has
disappeared and has not been seen for more than 30 years. The last
known owner was Leonard Wadler who passed away in the 1980’s and
since then the mummy has not turned up anywhere. Wadler’s family
claims to know nothing about the mummy and insists they are not
hiding it. There is currently a $10,000 reward for the person who
finds the missing mummy. We can only hope that Pedro will show up
sometime in the future to put this mystery to a rest but I for
one, would not count on it.
far as the X-rays go, I read them as indicating an unborn but
developed fetus with an empty skull packed full of dirt. The limb
bones show large areas of unossified cartiledge and the knee and
elbow joints are incomplete. The teeth are unerrupted tooth buds
and not formed like errupted teeth: no doubt that is what gave the
impression of vampire teeth because the teeth do not have the
fully-developed form of conventional incisors, canines and
molars.The entire mouth area reads as unossified "gums" with no
developed bone for the teeth to root in. And actually, I doubt if
the creature so much as drew a breath of air in the outside world.
Its chest cavity is also completely collapsed. Best Wishes, Dale
From Mysteries of the Unexplained, Reader's Digest General Books,
The Reader's Digest Association, 1982.
He was found sitting cross-legged on a ledge in a small cave in a
granite mountain. His hands were folded in his lap, in the
timeless attitude of a Buddha. He appeared to be middle-aged. His
was brown and wrinkled, his nose flat, the forehead low, the mouth
broad and thin-lipped. And he was 14 inches tall.
The mummy was discovered in 1932 by gold prospectors blasting the
walls of a gulch in the Pedro Mountains, 60 miles southwest of
Casper, Wyoming. After studying it, puzzled scientists ventured
the theory that it was a mummified pygmy and possibly the
progenitor of the American Indian. When it died, it was given a
Displayed in sideshows for several years,
the Pedro Mountain Mummy
was eventually purchased by Ivan T. Goodman, a Casper businessman,
and taken to New York City. The remains, X-rayed by Dr. Harry
Shapiro of the American Museum of Natural History and certified as
genuine by the Anthropology Department of Harvard University, was
thought by some to be those of a 65-year-old person. The
speculation generated interest in the legends of the Shoshone and
Crow Indians of Wyoming about a miniature people, only inches
Following Goodman's death in 1950 the mummy passed into the hands
of one Leonard Waller and disappeared, but interest in it
continued nationwide. In 1979 pictures of Shapiro's X-rays were
given to Dr. George Gill, professor of anthropology at the
University of Wyoming.
The withered little body, he concluded, was that of an infant or a
fetus, possibly of an unknown tribe of prehistoric Indians. He
believed that the infant had been afflicted with anencephaly, a
congenital abnormality that would account for the adult
proportions of its skeleton. Discoveries of mummified remains are
not uncommon in Wyoming, which has an arid climate. As Dr. Gill
pointed out, the Indians may have found other mummies of similarly
diseased infants and quite naturally assumed that they were the
remains of small adults. This in turn would tend to support the
legend of a "little people."
But Pedro, as the mummy is known, remains a scientific curiosity.
"All we have are tantalizing bits of information," Dr. Gill
remarked. He and other anthropologists still hope to locate the
missing mummy for further examination. (The Casper Star-Tribune,
July 22 and July 24, 1979; The Casper Tribune Herald, October 22,
1932; C.J. Cazeau and Stuart D. Scott, Exploring the Unknown, p.
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