Workers digging in a mine near Chihuahua, Mexico uncovered a human skeleton sometimes in the 1930’s. This discovery was unremarkable by itself but alongside the normal skeleton the diggers also found a very unusual skull. For the next 60 years their discovery was kept in the family and viewed as an oddity.
In 1999, the skull came into the possession of paranormalist Lloyd Pye who believed it belonged to a hybrid between humans and aliens. Realizing its significance he nicknamed it the Starchild Skull.
Analysis revealed the skull belonged to a 5-year-old boy who died 900 years ago. It is very unusual in appearance and its interior volume is 30 percent larger than a normal child of the same age. The orbits are oval and shallow and suggest the Starchild had eyes larger and of a different shape than that usually found in humans.
The Starchild Project was established in order to study this mysterious case and their research provided some interesting results. Skeptics had argued that the skull belonged to a human boy that had died as a result of congenital hydrocephalus but DNA analysis found no trace of this affliction and actually ruled out any known deformities. The team said that the genetic profile is so different from the human standard that it could be an entirely new species.
The genetic tests revealed a high percentage of unusual DNA and the project aims to map out its entire genome.
X-ray analysis showed that the skull was thinner than normal human bone and no telltale traces of fluid build-up inside the skull were found, thus eliminating hydrocephalus as the cause of increased skull size.
Using a scanning electron microscope, researchers observed unusual microscopic fibers within the bone structure. These fibers could explain why the bone, although thinner, is stronger and lighter than normal.
In 2012, detailed scans of the skull were used to create a 3D model of what the Starchild’s brain would have looked like. It had the usual two lobes but was different in shape and size, being larger than an adult human’s brain.
Experts in anthropology used forensic reconstruction techniques in order to find out what the Starchild might have looked like when alive and the result resembles the common portrayal of aliens.
Many believe that this skull belonged to an alien or human hybrid. There is no explanation regarding its unusual shape and size and ongoing research aims to unravel its secrets.