The History of the Starchild Skull

By Lloyd Pye

Update: DNA Report

Over eight years of scientific testing strongly suggest that an ancient skull found in Mexico nearly eight decades ago is something other than entirely human. In fact, the skull known as the “Starchild” might well prove to be the first biological relic confirmed by DNA testing to be a human-alien hybrid.

This remarkable skull is now on the verge of making history as large as history can be made. How it came to be in that improbable position is revealed in a new book, The Starchild Skull - Genetic Enigma or Human-Alien Hybrid?, which recounts my eight years of dragging the skull from expert to expert, seeking those with enough intellectual curiosity to take it seriously and to apply rigorous scientific testing to it, and then have the courage to put their names to their results. It hasn’t been easy.

What follows is an abbreviated outline of the events detailed in the book.

The Discovery: 1930

In the baking high desert of northern Mexico, in a nondescript village in the general area of the Copper Canyon, a teenaged American girl arrived with her family to visit the home from which her parents had emigrated twenty years earlier. She was told to avoid the caves and abandoned mine tunnels in the area because they were dangerous. As soon as she could, she went after the forbidden fruit, and eventually ended up in a mine tunnel.

In that tunnel she found a human skeleton lying supine on the floor. Closer inspection revealed that a bony, “misshapen” hand emerged from a mound of dirt beside the skeleton, and was wrapped around one of its upper arm bones. Assuming a whole skeleton might be buried under the dirt, the girl dug with her hands to reveal a “smaller, totally misshapen” skeleton.

The girl tried to recover every bone of both skeletons, assuming she could find a way to carry them back into the U.S. without her parents or siblings finding out about it. She hid them under a tree, but unfortunately a torrential downpour washed all the bones away - except the two skulls (minus their mandibles) and a broken piece of maxilla from the misshapen one.

As the girl grew up and entered her adult years, she varnished the skulls and put them in a cardboard box, keeping them as ghoulish souvenirs from her first sojourn in Mexico. And so they stayed until her impending death in the early 1990’s, when she passed them to friends in her hometown of El Paso, Texas. Those friends eventually passed them to another couple, Ray and Melanie Young, who had a unique skill-set for evaluating what until then was assumed by its owners to be a “genetic deformity.”

Ray and Melanie Young: 1998

For several years Melanie Young was a neonatal nurse dealing with all forms of human deformity. From the moment she first held the weird skull in her hands, she felt it wasn’t a “normal” human deformity. It was too light by far, weighing half of what a normal human skull that size should weigh, and it was entirely too symmetrical. Normal human deformity is anything but symmetrical. This skull was more symmetrical than a typical human, so she strongly suspected it might be something else. But what?

As it happened, Melanie and Ray were members of the El Paso chapter of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. In consultation with a friend there, they had to admit it looked much like the shape and size of a skull that would fit perfectly inside the head of a stereotype “Grey” alien. After agreeing on that, they decided to have the skull scientifically tested to establish its genetic heritage conclusively. They contacted me and asked if I would undertake the task of bringing it to appropriate experts to determine what it might be, and, if that seemed to warrant more detailed analysis, then such analysis would be arranged and carried out. It seemed simple enough. It was anything but.

The First Scientific Test: 1999

The first scientific test of the skull was a radiographic X-ray analysis carried out in Las Vegas, Nevada. The weird skull’s bone was shown to be uniformly thin throughout, rather than exhibiting the usual thinness in areas of deformity while being otherwise normal. Also, no sign of frontal sinuses were visible, not even vestigial buds. This was considered highly unusual. The most striking result, however, was that the associated piece of upper right maxilla had impacted teeth in it, indicating that the skull had belonged to a child in the range of five or six at death. Based on that seemingly solid piece of evidence about it, we named it “the Starchild.”


Next came analysis by a pair of anthropologists at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. (They are among the few experts not identified in the book, by either their own request to go unnamed, or my decision not to reveal names if that only served to make them look bad. I believe they all were doing their jobs - rightly or wrongly - as they felt they needed to do them.)

These two specialists felt the skull was the result of hydrocephaly to explain the extraordinary bulge of the upper rear parietals, combined with the effect of cradleboarding in infancy to explain the extreme flattening at the rear of the head. However, at that point I knew hydrocephaly would not leave the noticeable crease along the saggital suture separating the two expanded parietals, and I knew cradleboarding flattened only a small area from inion to crown on a normal human, and the flattening was as flat as the board an infant’s head would be strapped to as its mother did her work.

The skull found with the Starchild exhibited this common flattening, but the Starchild did not. Its flattened area was three or four times as great, and its natural convolutions were clearly visible. It had grown into its shape because its genes directed it to do so, and if that were true, then those genes could not be entirely human. My initial perception of the strange skull was that it was, in all likelihood, a bizarre deformity of some kind. For it to be otherwise - for it to be alien or an alien-human hybrid falling into my hands - would be equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls falling into the hands of the goat herder. But I was beginning to suspect that maybe such lightning had struck again.

The Turning Point

The turning point for me came in Denver, Colorado, when a brain specialist made a number of startling discoveries about the Starchild’s brain. (This doctor made a specific request that I not name him.) First, its capacity was astounding. Normal human adult craniums contain an average of 1400 cubic centimeters of brain matter. A small-stature adult or a child of about twelve - which was the Starchild’s size - would have a brain in the range of 1200 cc. The Starchild had a brain volume of 1600 cc, which baffled the specialist. Even considering the extreme shallowness of the eye orbits, the missing frontal sinuses, and the expansion of the parietals, he could not account for an increase of fully 1/3 the normal human volume.

He also found that the steep rear angle of the brain pressing down on the foramen magnum - the opening where the spine entered the cranium - made it unlikely that the cerebellum could have maintained its proper position at the base of the cerebrum. In addition to its steeply canted angle (visible in several of many photos at The Star Child Project, the inner support structure of bone flanges (the saggital sulcus and transverse sulcus) was so reduced as to be ineffective as a support mechanism for the cerebellum. The expert could only conclude that the Starchild’s brain was made of something denser than normal human brain matter, or it didn’t have a cerebellum in the way human cerebellums are understood. Either conclusion was enough to bolster my growing suspicion that the Starchild was not entirely human.

Continue Reading Part II: Lincoln, NE; Carbon 14 Dating; DNA Analysis; London; A Breakthrough and Today.

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Starchild skull being held

Lloyd Pye

Lloyd Pye (1946-2013) was a researcher, author, and lecturer best known for his unique insights on Intervention Theory, the theory that aliens played a part in the development of human life on Earth, and his work with an unusual 900 year old skull known as the Starchild Skull.

Lloyd Pye passed away on December 9th, 2013, but he left behind him a legacy of intriguing work, which you can explore on his website.

His main areas of expertise were hominoids (pre-humans and their modern-day counterparts such as bigfoot, sasquatch, and yeti), megaliths (pyramids etc.) the origins of life on Earth, human origins, alien intervention, and the Starchild Skull. Lloyd-Pye-Starchild-skull.jpg

Human Skull (left) Star Child Skull (right)


Lloyd often spoke of his desire to help others like himself who walked in the garden of alternative knowledge, and who need support to continue their work. In honor of what would have been Lloyd’s 68th birthday, his family proudly announced the creation of the “Lloyd Pye Fund for Alternative Researchers.” The fund uses the profits from Lloyd’s books and ebooks, as well as donations from the public, to provide small, one-time grants to selected researchers to allow them to progress their research. Star-Child-Skull-Book.jpg Lloyd-Pye-Starchild-skull.jpg

Human Skull (left) Star Child Skull (right)

Lloyd Pye believed the Hydrocephaly theory was a Debunking Tactic and it is still being used today [2018] to debunk the Star Child hypothesis

Hydrocephaly Test



Lloyd Pye addresses Debunking Tactics by Wikipedia in

Wackopedia: Fight The Stupids

Wikipedia Captured by Skeptics (and overt debunkers) Lloyd-Pye-Starchild-skull.jpg


Turning Point Tests Lloyd-Pye-Starchild-skull.jpg


The ‘not human genes’ test on the Star Child skull















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