Lloyd Pye and his Fake Starchild Alien Skull

Once again, a UFO researcher, possessed by adult-child logic, denies the evidence and rationalizes his wishful thinking — enter Lloyde Pye.

In 1999, Lloyd Pye and a neonatal nurse named Melanie Young founded The Starchild Project. The project was centered around a mysterious skull given to Melanie in 1998. Mrs. Young received two skulls from an ‘unpublished source’ early in 1999. Soon after, she looked up Lloyd Pye who authored a book entitled “Everything you know is wrong – Book One – Human origins”.

On a side note, one of the red flags in New Age UFOlogy is they regularly use black and white logic to blow up their claims. Its not a specific point of information that might be wrong, its ALL information is wrong and they are here to clear it up. Its not this or that book is disinformation, but ALL books are disinformation as Jordan Sather says. These grandiose words litter the metaphysical landscape.

In the 1930’s, it is claimed that the skulls were discovered by a girl from El Paso, Texas, in an abandoned mine near Copper Canyon, Mexico. According to Pye and Young, the discoverer died in the early 1990’s, and because it did not come into their possession until 1998, it makes it quite convenient to invent their own story.

It is said by sources unknown that the child skull was discovered with the complete skeleton of an adult on the floor of the mine with the child’s hand clutching the arm of the adult. Apparently, the girl from Texas tried to excavate both skeletons, but a flash flood conveniently washed away the remains leaving the two skulls, which, might I add, is odd, since skulls are larger than skeletons and are more likely to roll in a current of water.

Considering that Lloyd Pye was a paranormal researcher who published a book on archeology, it can safely be assumed that Melanie had some interest/belief in aliens and UFO’s to assume the expertise of Pye rather than an Archaeologist or Palaeopathologist. But again, another red flag is that New Age belief systems cater to self-proclaimed experts who have no education or degrees in the subjects they present. Coupled with this profound pretense is the belief that science is a conspiracy funded by an evil cabal who rules the world — gee, where have we heard this before? — our good friends David Wilcock and Corey Goode, to name a few.

Lloyd became the sole owner of the child’s skull and by 2010 promoted it to the New Age/UFO community as an human/alien hybrid called the Star-Child.” I became the center of his global outreach of the ancient aliens theory.

So why would Lloyd jump to such a conclusion that would motivate him to go public with this off-planet claim? The answer is that Pye’s work was inspired by Zecharia Sitchin who was easily the most popular source of disinformation in the New Age movement of the Annunaki and Nephilim.

Originally introduced by Robert E. Howard’s “The Shadow Kingdom” from the August 1929 issue of Weird Tales, Kull of Atlantis, and the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft, the Annunaki and Nephilim come from Middle Eastern, Mesopotamian, and mostly, Sumerian mythology. They are mythological beings rooted in creation myths.

But here’s the kicker, Sitchin wasn’t a Sumerian scholar, which, once again, is common in New Age buffoonery. He was exposed by Mike Heiser who was a scholar of biblical and ancient Near Eastern languages, cultures, and religions. Once he got wind of Sitchin’s massive popularity (Sitchin is the author of 9 books that have sold millions worldwide and translated into more than 25 languages) Mike felt the necessity to expose him for leading the public astray by mistranslating the Sumerian texts

In Heiser’s words he explains:

Shortly after I wrote my novel, The Facade (during what should have been my first year of writing my PhD dissertation), I was invited to be a guest on Coast to Coast AM. Former host Art Bell asked me if I would debate Zecharia Sitchin live on the show and I accepted. Sitchin has never returned the favor. I was quickly attacked, though, by other “researchers” who accused me of making piles of money off Sitchin’s name. I answered by posting my income tax returns on the Internet. My accusers crawled back under their rocks and I went on to finish my dissertation in Hebrew and ancient Semitic languages (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004).

I never really returned to normal life completely, though. I’ve been on a number of radio shows, made frequent re-appearances on Coast to Coast AM, and spoken at conferences that focus on this sort of thing. The people I meet and the hosts that interview me have proven to be bright, inquisitive, likeable, and sincere. I just try to get them to look at the data.

So the bias was unmistakingly clear. Pye had jumped to conclusions without any official DNA tests. But to make matters worse, when the evidence was later presented, he denied the evidence and came up with irrational excuses. One can only assume that he had a lot on the line because his reputation was at stake. If you take a look at his website, you can clearly see how committed he was to this idea. Although he passed away in 2013 from Lymphoma cancer, his website does not reflect the current evidence on the facts of the case. Apparently, New Age peddlers of delusion have no shame when it comes to the facts as in the case of Emery Smith who still presents pictures of the Atacama alien that was debunked with DNA testing as human.

Before we get to the damning DNA evidence, I think it’s important to point out the cultural influence of the aliens called the “Greys” that was first introduced by an episode of The Outer Limits (episode -Bellero Shield) and was further popularized by the abduction of Betty and Barney Hill. The idea grew into a household name through the UFO community which promoted various government whistle-blowers, which in turn, inspired the X-Files series, Close Encounters with the 3rd Kind, and the Men in Black movies, to name a few. Knowledge of the Grey’s was further promoted by the anonymous release of top secret files called MJ-12. These documents revealed a government cover-up of an alien crash in Roswell, New Mexico, which, you got it, was piloted by large oval headed creatures with big eyes. These documents were discovered to be fake. Check out my article on Majestic (MJ-12).

In 2011, an unknown laboratory carried out an analysis by “anonymous scientists” making it appear that the child’s DNA differs in 977 places from humans. Their second claim suggested significant differences in the FOXP2 gene, which Pye claimed was proof that the gene was not human.

But here’s the facts from sources that Pye made sure to avoid.

DNA test #1

The Bureau of Legal Dentistry laboratory of the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in 1999, recovered a small quantity of nuclear DNA, which was said to demonstrate that the child was human male. Pye dismissed the findings by saying that DNA results were compromised as a result of contamination without any evidence to back it up.

DNA test #2

In 2003, Trace Genetics of Davis in California, stated that the skull has DNA consistent with Native American haplogroup C, as revealed through two independent extractions performed on fragments of parietal bone.

DNA test #3

In 2010, the National Institutes of Health BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool), which is a scientific field of research that finds evolutionary relationships between nucleotide or protein sequences as well as help identify members of gene families. The procedure found that 265 base pairs could be matched, demonstrating that the DNA from the Starchild is from a human being.
Pye promoted that there was no known human corollary from the test and no significant similarities have been found. He stated that it is merely the report that explains why no significant similarities have been found, saying that it is merely an automatically generated list of possible procedural errors designed to help geneticists check all possible flaws in their testing techniques.
Lloyd’s “secret” testing.

Skull Deformation

In 2004, Radiocarbon dating was carried out by Beta Analytic of Miami, Florida, which found the two skulls dated firmly within the Mogollon culture, where Skull deformation was a common practice. The heads of newborns were subjected to binding which resulting in deformity. This practice can be found in cultures all around the world throughout recorded history. However, the child’s skull looks more like the result of birth deformity.

And maybe the most obvious question would be, “what is the DNA of the child’s parents?” From the website badarchaeology.com, (which I highly recommend) you find the following:

The DNA tests performed on the skull for Lloyd Pye have shown that it belongs to haplogroup C, a typical Native American type, demonstrating that the child’s mother was beyond doubt a Native American, not an alien. The adult skull recovered with the child’s yielded DNA of haplogroup A, another Native American type, but which means that the skull cannot be that of the child’s mother, which would by definition have DNA of the same haplogroup.

Pye’s insistence that the failure to extract a coherent sequence of DNA is evidence that the father was not human is simply not a valid inference. There are greater difficulties in the extraction of nuclear DNA from ancient bone than in the extraction of mitochondrial DNA, so the lack of nuclear DNA from the starchild skull is not at all mysterious and certainly not evidence for a non-human father. What Pye did not dwell on is the identification of both X and Y chromosomes, which show that the child was a boy; Y chromosomes can only be inherited from the father (men have an XY chromosome pair, women an XX chromosome pair), so the child’s father must have been as human as his mother.

To summarize, the skull was proved to be of Native American origin. Lloyd Pye was a paranormal researcher who “pretended” to be an archaeologist. Like Sitchin, he made erroneous historical claims about ancient aliens with “supposed” archaeological and scientific evidence never before revealed to the public, I think we can safely conclude that he was peddling the bamboozle like all the other phonies marketing and profiting from this man-made alien narrative.


Published by Zzenn

Zzenn Loren is an author, musical artist, philosopher, bio-spiritual teacher/guide, subjective explorer and podcaster. His books challenge long held ideas about religion and spirituality and offer a body-based alternative.

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