Skulls are humanity's foremost symbol of death, and a powerful icon in the visual vocabularies of cultures all over the globe.
Many strangely "deformed" hominoid skulls have been discovered in Mexico and Peru. One of them, the Starchild skull found in Mexico, is currently the subject of scientific scrutiny and DNA testing.
THE STARCHILD SKULL
The "Starchild" skull is probably the most well known if only because of its widespread publicity. The original skull which is estimated to be 900 years old, was discovered by an American teenage girl near the Copper Canyon district of Sierra Tarahumara in the south west of Chihuahua State, Mexico. After her death in 1990 the skull came into the possession of El Pasco residents, Ray and Melanie Young in 1998. They sought the advice of a Mr. Lloyd Pye who is often described as a researcher of the alternative. Shortly afterwards he established the Starchild Project to better understand the skull. There is no doubt that the skull is real. The bone is thinner than average and although it appears to belong to a four or five year old child the cranial capacity is 1600cc which is 200cc more than your average adult human. DNA testing has revealed that it has both the X and Y human chromosome which seems to indicate that it is human. However, proponents of alternate theories suggest that it could be the child of a human-alien hybrid itself. According to the Starchild Project they refute that the DNA from both parents was easily indentified and suggest that the farher's DNA was something other than ordinary.
Two distinct schools of thought regarding the specimen have emerged. One group see it as evidence of various theories ranging from alien-human hybrids to proof of an alternative evolution. The other group believe that the skull is nothing more than a natural deformity possibly caused by brachycephaly, Crouzon syndrome or some other natural genetic mutation. Both groups’ present compelling evidence and it is definitely worth understanding both sides of the story before making up your own mind.
THE RHODOPES SKULL
This mysterious skull and a metal fragment were found buried in the Rhodopes mountain range in southern Bulgaria on May 21, 2001.
According to Iassen Kobarelov, UFO Roundup correspondent in Bulgaria, the news magazine BTA published a photo of the skull in the edition that appeared on newstands in Sofia on Thursday, January 31, 2002. "The mysterious skull of unidentified origin has confused Bulgarian scientists and stirred the emotions of the fans of extraterrestrial civilizations," Iassen reported.
"The strange skull is as large as a baby's. There are six cavities (orifices) in it, but none of them resembles a mouth. The skull weighs 250 grams and its bones are light, " and thinner than the skull bones of the average Homo sapiens.
The skull "was found by a 38-year-old resident of Plovdiv," a mid-sized city about 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Sofia, "who requested anonymity. He is said to have shown his find only to a narrow circle of scientists and people with a pronounced interest in the paranormal." However, Bulgarian archaeologist Katya Malamet has disputed the article which originally appeared in the Turkish newspaper Milliyet. "Archaeologist Katya Malamet, a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, said she had never seen such a thing."
"The director of the Paleontology Museum in Asenovgrad, Dimiter Kovachev, is positive that the find is no fossil and has no analogy" or resemblance to any hominid skull known to science.
"Anthropologist Prof. Yordan Yordanov believes that the skull doesn't look like any human cranium known to science for the past 30 million years."
"In the view of reknowned (Bulgarian) psychic Koubrat Tomov, the creature could be a product of the Atlanteans, which was created to serve man. He believes that it was a scientific experiment which, in all likelihood, had been unsuccessful but which can 'overturn the notions of our existence on Earth,' Tomov claims."
"Scientists are not in a hurry to draw categorical conclusions before DNA tests and carbon-14 analysis to determine the age of the skull" have been made. "In addition to the structure of the skull, the metal found nearby will be examined, too."
"However, interest from abroad has already become evident. The find's owner admitted to the scientists that he had been offered handsome sums of money to sell his discovery." "'We risk the disappearance of a discovery which might change the notions of our origins and existence,' said Marin Maidenov, president of the Bulgarian Association for Astral and Paleontological Contacts."
Apparently another similar skull was found by the same man in 2002.
THE HORNED SKULLS OF SAYRE, PENNSYLVANIA
Sayre is a borough in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, 59 miles northwest of Scranton. The exact year is not clear, but during the 1880s a large burial mound was discovered in Sayre. It was reported that a group of Americans uncovered several strange human skulls and bones. The skeletons belonged to anatomically normal men with the exception of bony projections located about two inches above the eyebrows. It appeared that the skulls had horns. The bones were characterized as giant, as they were representative of people over seven feet tall. Scientists estimated that the bodies had been buried around A.D. 1200. The archeological discovery was made by a reputable group of antiquarians, including Dr. G.P. Donehoo, the Pennsylvania state dignitary of the Presbyterian Church; A.B. Skinner, of the American Investigating Museum; and W.K.Morehead, of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
It was not the first time that gigantic horned skulls have been unearthed in North America. During the 19th century, similar skulls were discovered near Wellsville, New York and in a mining village close to El Paso, Texas. At one time in history, human horns were used as signs of kingship. Alexander the Great was depicted with horns on some of his coins. In Moses time, horns were a symbol of authority and power. Many gods, including Yahweh, have been depicted with horns. According to historical accounts, the Sayre bones were allegedly sent to the American Investigating Museum in Philadelphia. However, the artifacts were stolen and never seen again. Apparent pictures of the skulls do exist, but many people claim the discovery to be a hoax. Many websites suggest that the objects are of extraterrestrial origin.
THE ANDOVER VAMPIRE SKULL
The information is sketchy but the basis of the story is that at sometime during the 1950’s a newly married couple, Mr F and Mrs B Morris, moved to Andover Massachusetts in the USA. They were disappointed to discover the house they had purchased had not been fully emptied and that the attic remained stacked with books, broken furniture and other such possessions. A year or so after moving in Mrs Morris finally decided to empty the attic and, in the process, found a heavy wooden box which had been nailed shut. That evening her husband opened the box with a claw-hammer and together they discovered a large and disturbing skull. It had unusually big eye sockets and several pieces of the bone cranium were broken. There were strange carvings on the front left of the skull but the most interesting part of the discovery were its canine teeth which were strangely elongated. Overall the skull was larger than an average human’s and had a distinctive domed forehead. Mr Morris glued the skull fragments together and apparently kept it in his study where he would show it to curious friends and visitors. After some months Mrs Morris became distressed by its presence and insisted that it be reburied as she had convinced herself that it was demonic or at least the skull of a powerful Indian medicine man. Instead, he allegedly took the skull to a nearby Museum of Archaeology which specialised in Native American history.