Area 51-themed TV specials appear on US cable TV from time to time, often times even appearing on educational TV networks.

These shows often feature interviews with people who claim to have seen strange lights or phenomenon around the US Area 51 military base in southern Nevada. Others have made claims that at one time there were whole Alien bodies or even a UFO located in a hanger.

Is there any evidence to support these claims?

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    To me, seing strange aircraft in a neighbourhood of a base that tests strange aircraft is not much of a mistery. – SWeko Mar 28 '11 at 12:02
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    also, out of curiosity, why would aliens have come to Nevada rather than, say, Ukraine, Belize, or Namibia? – warren Mar 29 '11 at 15:46
  • @warren The Americans [insert "Fanfare for the Common Man"] are special! The rest of the world [insert cricket chirping noises] isn't. – Mateen Ulhaq Apr 15 '11 at 0:36
  • @muntoo: While I don't believe there is evidence that Aliens visited the US. One could argue that Aliens might seek first-contact with the dominant military and economic power of a planet. – Mark Rogers Jun 19 '11 at 16:53
  • I seen a UFO once on youtube, it was trapped in a bear trap. The owner drowned it because he was afraid and they did an MRI scan of it and it had alien DNA on the inside. I'm convinced we are not alone. – SSpoke Sep 17 '12 at 17:25

There cannot be any credible evidence at the moment.

There are literally hundreds of scientists who are convinced that extraterrestrial life must exist, and expensive missions have been performed and are planned to find proof that life exists outside of Earth.

This is to say that there is no preconceived hostility from the scientific community to accept evidence of extraterrestrial life - including extraterrestrial life hosted in Area 51.

If there were any evidence, it would arguably be one of the biggest scientific discoveries of all time - nobody would keep it secret!

What should be remembered that extraterrestrial life is an extremely exceptional claim - as such people need to be extremely skeptical of any evidence presented.

To give you a current example, see http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/03/07/followup-thoughts-on-the-meteorite-fossils-claim/ which is a very good example of how high the bar is set for this type of claims!

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    You seem to be implying that the bar for evidence of extraterrestrial life is higher than for other scientific discoveries. Is this your intended claim? – Russell Steen Mar 29 '11 at 19:32
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    Yes, it would be a world-changing discovery, so we need to be pretty darn sure. – Sklivvz Mar 29 '11 at 19:41

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