The known history of the Starchild Skull begins in the 1930s,
when an American teenage girl was on vacation with her family
near Mexico's Copper Canyon region. She went exploring alone and
found a long-abandoned mine tunnel. Inside it she found a full
human skeleton lying on its back. Beside it was a grave-like
mound of dirt with an arm bone sticking out of the dirt and the
hand bones wrapped around the upper arm bone of the skeleton
lying on the surface. Using her hands she dug the buried
skeleton out of its shallow grave.
The girl attempted to recover both skeletons but lost most of
the bones in a flash flood. Ultimately, all she brought back to
her home in El Paso was the two skulls, both somewhat battered
in the flood, and a detached piece of maxilla that belonged to
the "misshapen" skeleton she found in the grave. For the
remainder of her life she kept both skulls in a cardboard box as
souvenirs of her trip, assuming the odd looking skull was the
result of some kind of human deformity.
woman died in the early 1990s, and in 1998 the two skulls were
given to Ray and Melanie Young of El Paso, Texas. Melanie, a
neonatal nurse and physical therapist who understood that the
"misshapen" skull was in no way the result of a typical human
deformity. She was determined to have it expertly evaluated to
find out what it really was. To do that, she and her husband Ray
enlisted the help of Lloyd Pye, an author and researcher in the
field of alternative knowledge, who became the skull's caretaker
and research coordinator.
Pye founded the Starchild Project in February of 1999, and in
the course of the past ten years has overseen the scientific
testing of the skull in three countries (the US, Canada, and
England). While doing that he has regularly informed the media
and the public about those results, and he continues to oversee
ongoing research that will lead to an ultimate definitive
conclusion about the unusual skull.