Finding bones in a cave can be a creepy experience. Human bones are even more shocking to come across. What could be mind-bending than that? Discovering the skull of a long dead alien being, of course.
This is the story of a 900-year-old skull found in a cave by a girl in Mexico. Researchers have dubbed it the Starchild Skull. Scientists are baffled by the skull's weird appearance. Was it the skull of an unfortunate child suffering with severe deformities, or an alien visitor who made Earth their final stop?
Let's Play in the Abandoned Mine
At some point in the 1930s, a US family of Mexican descent went down to Chihuahua, Mexico, for a holiday. Their journey continued south to a village near Mexico's Copper Canyon region. One member of the family went off on her own into the Mexican countryside to play. Parental oversight wasn't invented yet, it seems.
The girl found an abandoned mine and thought it would be quite the lark to explore it alone. Safety, as it turns out, wasn't invented yet either. She scrounged around the mine until she found a human skeleton lying on its back.
The skeleton looked old. Somehow, the miners must have missed the uncovered skeleton when the mine was operational. Wrapped around the skeleton's arm was a tiny hand attached to an arm that stuck out of the dirt.
Naturally, she decided to dig out what she must have assumed was another human skeleton. Using her hands, she tore through the dirt of the mine like a kobold. After much toil, she uncovered a small humanoid skeleton that she described as "misshapen".
She stashed the skeletons in a hole and vowed to return for them. Before she could, a flash flood swept through the area and took most of the bones with it. Luckily, the skulls survived mostly intact. Starchild, as the misshapen skull would later come to be known, lost most of its front parts.
The whole skeleton would be too much to carry home. She opted to only take the skulls as trophies of her grave-robbing holiday. Her parents allowed her to smuggle the skulls back to the USA.
Melanie Young - Have a Look at this, Pye
The young girl grew up and old. Near her death in the 90s, she passed the skull on to family friends, Melanie and Ray Young of El Paso, Texas. The skull's original owner painted clear shellac on it.
She took the location of the mine and the name of the village to her grave. That makes verification of her story impossible and discredits the whole Starchild Project to a degree.
Melanie Young was a nurse and clinical massage therapist. She was fascinated by what she assumed was a deformed child's skull. Melanie showed the skull to her colleagues at the hospital where she worked in the hopes of getting an answer on what condition could cause the deformities.
Her colleagues all agreed that it was a deformed human skull. None of them knew of any condition that could cause such a deformity. That the skull was human was never in question.
Pye founded the Starchild Project in 1999. He took the skull to several medical experts, and none were able to pinpoint a specific cause of the deformity. Soon, Pye came to see the Starchild Skull as evidence supporting Intervention Theory, which is the idea that human evolution was manipulated by extraterrestrials through selective breeding and genetic editing.
Independent Scientific Research
Pye raised funds to have the skull tested by real scientists. He felt certain that he had a significant piece of evidence in the Starchild Skull.
The initial tests were performed in the USA, Britain, and Canada. They concluded that the skulls were roughly 900-years-old. Starchild's Skull was thinner and stronger than a normal human skull. The Starchild Skull is 10 deviations away from the standard human norm, which is apparently significant.
Dr. J.A. Eshleman and Dr. R.S. Malhi of Trace Genetics, conducted DNA analysis of both skulls in 2003. They were unable to fully map the genome of both skulls, but they were able to find some human DNA in the Starchild Skull.
In 2004, Lloyd Pye sent the skull to Dr. Ted J. Robinson. Dr. Robinson conducted an extensive study of the skull using x-ray, CAT scan, and 3D scanning technology. He worked at the head of a team of 11 specialists.
Dr. T. J. Robinson's study concluded that the skull was real, and formed naturally. The skull has all the "normal" parts, but their configuration is all wrong. All the bones are roughly half as thick as "normal" human bones. These aberrations are all uniform and symmetrical throughout the skull, which is not usually the case for deformities.
His team could find no example of anything similar throughout medical history. They concluded that these findings were "significant".
Dr. John Bachynsky, a radiologist and part of the team, found no evidence of erosion on the inner table of the skull. The team therefore ruled out hydrocephalus as a cause of the deformities.
Dr. David Sweet, a Forensic Odontologist, concluded that the skull belonged to a 5-6-year-old. Dr. David Hodges, a Radiologist at the Royal Columbian Hospital, noted that the suture lines at the top of the skull were still growing at the time of death.
The team found that the brain inside the skull would have been significantly larger than that of a "normal" adult human brain. Everything about the skull was at least 50% off the baseline. You can read the full report here.
In 2010, the Skull's DNA was analyzed by an Ancient DNA lab. They managed to retrieve more of the Starchild Skull's DNA, and found a significant amount to be non-human.
Check out part 2, here!