Old photo of girl from 1898 sparks claims Greta Thunberg is a ‘time traveller sent to save us’

Conspiracy theorists have claimed Greta Thunberg is a time traveller from the future ‘sent back to save us’ after spotting a picture of a very similar-looking girl taken 121 years ago.

Taking to Twitter, people shared the photograph which shows three children extracting water from a well in the Yukon Territory in Canada in 1898.

Standing in the foreground of the image is a young girl who looks eerily similar to the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist.

The photograph was discovered in the picture archives of the University of Washington, and social media users were quick to share their amusing conspiracy theories.

Social media users have claimed that Greta Thunberg is a time traveller after spotting a picture of a very similar looking girl (pictured) taken 121 years ago

Social media users have claimed that Greta Thunberg is a time traveller after spotting a picture of a very similar looking girl (pictured) taken 121 years ago

Greta aboard La Vagabonde on November 12, this year

Greta aboard La Vagabonde on November 12, this year

Social media users have claimed that Greta Thunberg (pictured right last week) is a time traveller after spotting a picture of a very similar looking girl (pictured left) taken 121 years ago

Internet users were shocked by the similarities and shared the 1898 photograph online today

Internet users were shocked by the similarities and shared the 1898 photograph online today

Internet users were shocked by the similarities and shared the 1898 photograph online today

One impressed person joked that the Swedish teenager had been ‘sent back to save us’.

‘So “Greta Thunberg” is in a photo from 120 years ago, and it’s my new favourite conspiracy,’ he tweeted. ‘Greta’s a time traveller, from the future, and she’s here to save us.’

Another social media user quipped: ‘I’m not one for conspiracy theories but she is 100 per cent a time traveller.’

‘Maybe she is from the future who was sent back in time to key moments in history to stop climate change,’ a third wrote, while one insisted: ‘What it is, right, is that actually she’s a time traveller, and she’s come to warn us about the future. It’s the only explanation.’

Despite the photograph being on the University’s website, one person suggested that the image had ‘surely been Photoshopped’ as the two faces are ‘identical’.

The full image shows three children extracting water from a well in the Yukon Territory in Canada in 1898

The full image shows three children extracting water from a well in the Yukon Territory in Canada in 1898

The full image shows three children extracting water from a well in the Yukon Territory in Canada in 1898

The photograph was discovered in the picture archives of the University of Washington, and social media users were quick to share their conspiracy theories

The photograph was discovered in the picture archives of the University of Washington, and social media users were quick to share their conspiracy theories

The photograph was discovered in the picture archives of the University of Washington, and social media users were quick to share their conspiracy theories

Despite the photograph being on the University's website, one person suggested that the image had 'surely been photoshopped' as the two faces are 'identical'

Despite the photograph being on the University's website, one person suggested that the image had 'surely been photoshopped' as the two faces are 'identical'

Despite the photograph being on the University’s website, one person suggested that the image had ‘surely been photoshopped’ as the two faces are ‘identical’

Greta has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate change activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in around 100 cities worldwide. 

Last week she hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. 

The boat taking her across the Atlantic, named La Vagabonde, leaves little to no carbon footprint when its sails are in use, relying on solar panels and hydro-generators for electricity. 

Greta refuses to fly because of the carbon price of plane travel. 

Greta, pictured last week on La Vagabonde, has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in around 100 cities worldwide

Greta, pictured last week on La Vagabonde, has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in around 100 cities worldwide

Greta, pictured last week on La Vagabonde, has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in around 100 cities worldwide 

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