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Could the STARCHILD Project Rewrite the Biblical
Story of Genesis?

YOWUSA.COM, 24-May-03
Marshall Masters

Star Child ProjectSome 60 years ago, a teenage girl discovered a remarkable skull in cave 100 miles southwest of Chihuahua, Mexico.  When forensically reconstructed, the skull appears to be extraterrestrial in nature and it is now the centerpiece of the Star Child Project.  At present, a determined effort is underway to determine whether the skull contains non-human or extraterrestrial DNA.  If so, this discovery could have a significant impact on how we see ourselves and, in the course of that, rewrite the Biblical story of Genesis from scratch. 

Lloyd PyeAt the forefront of this effort is Lloyd Pye, the author of Everything You Know is Wrong, and he is leading the effort to determine if the skull is truly of extraterrestrial origins through DNA testing. YOWUSA.COM has been following Pye's efforts with keen interest, and, through a regular exchange of correspondence, we've been privy to the technical hurdles he currently facing. 

While some may be exhausted with anticipation, we find his method to be sound, though results of the first DNA analysis were regrettably muddied due to excessive handling of the skull by ungloved human hands.

Lloyd recently sent us a new update on May 17, 2003 in which he explains the frustrating problems with the first test and how he is now conducting the second test, which should yield conclusive results one way or the other. 

We encourage our readers to read Lloyd Pye's latest update and to visit the Star Child Project web site.  If his work and the importance of obtaining a final, scientific answer to this tremendously interesting issue impresses you, we urge you to support his efforts with a donation from his site.

Lloyd Pye

Some of you may have noticed that in the last update I didn't mention money for the Starchild Fund because, frankly, I didn't know if we would need any more beyond this first test for Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Remember, mtDNA exists outside a cell's nucleus and is passed down from female to female; male cells have it but they don't pass it on. It's not DNA from inside the cell's nucleus (Nuclear or Diagnostic DNA), which is what we most need to sequence because that reveals information about both parents.

If the Starchild is an "alien-human" hybrid, as we suspect, and its mother was human, then its mtDNA will be human also. Only if it is pure alien will its mtDNA skew away from human. (Recall that if it is "other," wholly or partially, we have nothing to compare it to. "It" could well be a form of "us," an "us" we don't fully understand or recognize.) Also, we assume it had a human mother because eggs are so much larger and easier to genetically manipulate than sperm, which makes a human "Mom" the most technically efficient way to hybridize. This is reinforced by the so-called "Star Being" legends handed down by indigenous tribes from North and South America (Meso-Americans).

With all that said, I can report that the Mitochondrial DNA of the skull found with the Starchild skull was extracted without difficulty, and she is indeed a human female. She also proved to be classically Meso-American, as determined by our two geneticists who happen to specialize in this arcane area of expertise. In other words, she's clearly a native of where she was found, which is what we anticipated from Day One. What we needed to know was whether she and the Starchild were genetically linked to conform to the Star Being legends about native women impregnated with alien hybrids. It turns out these two were not related, which means she wasn't his mother but rather a dedicated companion or guardian, willing to take her own life to die alongside him after she buried him.

Unfortunately, the Starchild's Mitochondrial DNA did not extract cleanly. The "bars" that are "read" (you've seen the strips of darkened gel bars that constitute a DNA fingerprint) were "fuzzy" and "indistinct" in the places they did appear, but fewer were present than is normal. This provides some interesting possibilities. One would be physical degradation of the specimen, which is possible because the Starchild was buried for 900 years in soil that could have been acidic. We have no soil sample to test, but we can take note of the staining pattern on the skull, particularly the charred-looking areas of the right-side eye socket, sphenoid bone, and temporal bone. That could easily be a result of soil acidity.

Acidity or not, the degradation was such that the few readable "bars" produced a pattern that did not match the expected Meso-American template. Instead, and quite surprisingly, it was closest to Europeans! Naturally, this can quickly get the blood pumping: ("What? A European in northwest Mexico in 1100 AD?? That's 400 years before Columbus!!"). However, there is another option, which the geneticists addressed with heartfelt chagrin. Although they did everything possible to avoid contaminating the sample, there is always a remote chance it happened. The fact it was "fuzzy" and "indistinct" mitigates against a recent contamination, because recently recovered mtDNA would most likely have been clean and easy to read. Yet degradation of a recent sample is also remotely possible.

So where does this leave us? Where do we go from here? Farther down the rabbit hole, of course. We have no choice but to run a 2nd test to try to clarify the first ambiguous result. However, this 2nd test will be carried out using a different protocol in order to speed the process considerably. Recall that this first test used "softening gel" discussed in the last update. Instead of the normal week of submersion in that gel, a full month was needed to soften the Starchild's bone enough to initiate processing it. Rather than go through that ordeal again, this time they will use the "detergent" method.

The gel method was used to test the largest possible piece of the sample. The detergent method will include sanding away the entire top layer of the 2nd sample, down to the matrix where the marrow is stored. That thin top layer is the part I estimate was held by approximately 3,000 pairs of hands during the 18 months I showed it to audiences in the U.S. and Canada. If there has been seepage into the bone by the oils from human hands, that thin top layer will contain it. Naturally, they removed the topmost portion of that layer prior to starting the 1st test, but looking back, it might not have been enough.

With the entire layer abraded away, it will leave only the core matrix and the inner layer of parietal bone that no human could ever have touched (which is why a parietal section is being analyzed). This will provide a much smaller sample to test, but it should also be absolutely "clean." Furthermore, the detergent method requires only two to three weeks to complete, so the geneticists have assured me they will know by the first week in June.

If the 2nd test contradicts the first, then obviously we will have to run a 3rd test to act as a tiebreaker (it's hard to imagine three contaminated tests in a row). If the 2nd test confirms the first, which is that the Starchild had a European mother, then we have opened up an entirely different can of worms from what we expected. Most of you will be aware of the so-called  "Kennewick Man," a skeleton found in Washington State in 1996. Because it was 9000 years old and had European features, Native Americans went ballistic because that would indicate they did not have "squatter's rights" to all of the Americas. So if the Starchild bloodline is indeed European, it'll be the Kennewick squabble all over again.

If that eventuates, we'll worry about it then. Now our concern is making sure we do whatever can to try to sequence the Starchild's Nuclear DNA, which is what we must have to determine the heritage of its potentially alien father. And let's all keep in mind that if the 2nd test results are as indistinct as the 1st, then even if a nuclear extraction is possible, it might be equally difficult to interpret. But let's not dwell on negatives.

We are still solidly in the hunt to do what we set out to do on Day One, which remains the heart of this entire effort. For the first time ever, we in the Alternative Knowledge community have within our possession a bone relic that could scientifically prove our contentions about alien life forms, and with a degree of evidence no one can effectively dispute. If Nuclear DNA is recoverable and clearly says "other than human," it will be only a matter of time before our controversial position is acknowledged as a fact.

With that said, I end where I began, pointing out that I didn't mention the Starchild Fund in the last update because I didn't know if this first test would recover anything at all. We now know there is recoverable DNA within the Starchild, and now the trick is to tease it out in a usable fashion. Thus, it is clear that we will need more money to extend beyond the funds allocated by our British benefactors. We still have to consider the two tests the geneticists suggested, the bone chemistry and the bone histology. We could easily need another Carbon 14 test to double-check our date for it. We need to formally calibrate the hardness of the bone, which has proved so surprising to the geneticists. And we've always needed a forensic sculpture of how the Starchild might have looked in life. This would be a clay model wrapped around a replica of the skull, which costs several thousand dollars.

If you go to the Starchild Project website, www.starchildproject.com, you will see we have added a "Donation" button from PayPal. As you know, I have tried hard to keep from "commercializing" this endeavor, but I think we're past the point where we can be criticized for making our financial requirements clearly understood. We need money. We always have. This is not easy work, nor inexpensive work. These updates make that clear. If you have considered helping us in the past but never got around to sending your check, maybe the ease of PayPal is right for you. If you have already contributed but feel you could again, please do so. And now I have something to sweeten the pot a bit.

Lloyd Pye
New Orleans, LA