IS THE STARCHILD
Since investigations began in 1999, multiple illnesses,
ailments, and deformation processes have been suggested to
explain the appearance and composition of the Starchild Skull.
These have included Progeria,
Cradleboarding, and Hydrocephaly.
Even Lloyd Pye, now the Project's Director,
originally and reflexively believed the skull must be some sort of
Each of these
suggestions has been taken seriously, and conscientious research
has been undertaken to try and find a simple medical reason for
the anomalous skull. Read a report HERE. At this time, no known medical condition or
cultural practice has been identified that can explain the
Conditions Commonly Suggested To Explain The Starchild
Anophthalmia/ Microphthalmia- Medical conditions where the
eyeball is disproportionately small, underdeveloped, or missing
entirely, and which, if untreated, can cause deformation of the
genetic disorder primarily characterized by prematurely fused
sutures in the skull, and a retruded/ sunken midfacial area.
Brachycephaly- A broad term used to describe skulls which
are disproportionately wide, a condition that can be caused by
artificial cranial deformation, or premature fusion of the
sutures as in Apert Syndrome.
Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome) -
A chromosomal disorder with many characteristics including
microcephaly, low set ears, and malformation of ocular tissue.
Progeria (Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome)- A rare fatal genetic
disorder characterized by the dramatic, rapid appearance of aging
beginning in childhood.
Trisomy 9 (Mosaic)- A
chromosomal disorder with many characteristics including low set and/or
malformed ears, microcephaly, small lower jaw, prominent nasal bridge,
narrow and/or slanting forehead, and eyes that are deep set and may be
small, too far apart, and slanting.
conditions listed above are among many that have been examined as
possible causes for the unusual characteristics of the Starchild Skull,
but so far no condition or combination of conditions has been found that
explains the skull.
Note from Lloyd Pye:
The Starchild Project is sincerely interested in
finding answers about this skull, and we welcome legitimate input from
all sources. If you are aware of a condition you think explains the
Starchild Skull, please email information about any case study, report,
or other medical or scientific data about the condition. We appreciate
suggestions, but without reliable data to reference we cannot make a