- Note - We thank Michael Lindemann and
CNI News for permission to post the following outstanding CNI News summary
of these two unusual stories.
- Two separate skeletal discoveries have
come to light in recent days, both of which raise questions of possible
"alien" origin. Both finds occurred in Texas, although under
very different and unrelated circumstances.
- In one case, a couple who wishes to remain
anonymous came into possession of a pair of skulls, one clearly human,
the other "markedly divergent from the human norm." The couple
recently turned the skulls over to researchers Lloyd Pye and Mark Bean
for study. The anomalous skull has undergone preliminary analysis by several
specialists in human anatomy and physiology, and further testing is underway,
according to Pye.
- In the second case, a nearly complete
skeleton appearing to be that of a "little person" with numerous
unusual anatomical features has been reported in the current (March 1999)
edition of the MUFON Journal. In an article written by MUFON International
Director Walter H. Andrus, the skeleton is said to have been unearthed
decades ago by a fossil hunter named Richard Wallace and given to Robert
Slaughter, Professor of Paleontology and Director of the Shuler Museum
at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Though in Professor
Slaughter's possession ever since, MUFON investigators became aware of
it only recently.
- In both cases, there exists a body of
legend and lore that suggests a possible ET origin. In neither case, however,
is a direct connection with UFO events established, nor are the researchers
claiming ET origins.
- The description of the first case is
based upon information and photos now posted at http://www.starchildproject.com.
Portions of that text are quoted with permission.
- According to a story which cannot be
verified, the two skulls are all that remain of two complete skeletons
unearthed in a cave south of Chihuahua, Mexico (in Chihauhau state directly
south of El Paso, Texas) some 60 to 70 years ago. The skeletons became
hopelessly scattered when a rain storm flooded out the place where they
had been hidden. Only the skulls were recovered by the young woman who
had originally found them. She kept them in her possession until her death,
whereupon they passed into the hands of an American couple who in turn,
after some years, passed them to another American couple, the current owners.
- That couple contacted researcher Lloyd
Pye when he gave a lecture in Texas. Pye, author of the book "Everything
You Know is Wrong (Book One): Human Origins," has made an extensive
study of primitive hominoid evolution and its possible relation to unusual
creatures termed Bigfoot, Yeti etc. On seeing the anomalous skull, Pye
immediately suspected that it might represent a hitherto unknown type of
- Pye notes that the second skull is that
of a normal adult, probably an Amerind female who died at an age of about
20-30 years. It is hoped that DNA testing will establish whether or not
the two skulls are genetically related.
- The anomalous skull appears to be that
of an individual that died at a young age, possibly 5 years, based on suturing
of the skull bones and the presence of baby teeth. All of the lower jaw
and part of the upper jaw is missing; the rest of the skull is intact.
Its extraordinary features include:
- -- no sinus cavities. Pye says that all
mammals have sinuses; however, he has been told by a specialist that in
very rare cases of human pathology, sinus cavities can be missing.
- -- very unusual eyesockets, which were
"most disconcerting to the experts," according to Pye. The sockets
are extremely shallow by normal standards and "the optic nerve canals
are skewed downward and inward in a manner that makes normal eyeball mobility
highly unlikely and might have required that visual tracking be done by
head movement rather than eye movement."
- -- very unusual cranial shape. The parietal
area bulges out to either side of the eyesockets, showing no sign of normal
temples. But the rear of the skull is most odd, being both enlarged and
drastically flattened. One expert attributed this deformity to a possible
combination of pathology and/or infant head binding, as is practiced in
many primitive cultures. But the skull displays a high degree of bilateral
symmetry, while most skulls deformed by pathology show distinct asymmetries.
No expert who has examined the skull so far has suggested any known pathology
that accounts for this skull's unique features. Nor, Pye argues, is there
any kind of head binding which can mechanically account for the skull's
- -- the foramen magnum, the hole at the
base of the skull where the spinal chord attaches, is shifted distinctly
forward of normal, to the approximate bottom-center of the skull. This
would allow the grossly distorted head to balance on the neck, which would
not have been the case had the foramen magnum been positioned back of center
as in normal humans.
- Many tests remain to be done on this
anomalous skull. At this point, however, Pye and his associate Mark Bean
raise the question whether this skull might represent a human-like creature
of non-earth origin, or possibly a "hybrid" type of partial human
origin. Apart from the highly suggestive anatomical features, the skull
is accompanied by local legends of the "Starchild."
- Dating back 200 years or more, the Starchild
legend is told by natives of the Chihuahua region where the skulls were
found. The legend states that "Star Beings" were known to come
down from the sky and impregnate females in the isolated villages of the
region. The women were allowed to carry the so-called "starchildren"
to term, and then to raise them for a period of several years. Ultimately,
the Star Beings returned to collect their progeny and remove them to the
- No direct connection with this legend
has been established. However, it has been suggested that the person represented
by the adult skull may have been the mother of the unusual child. If her
pregnancy had come about by a mysterious encounter, she might have feared
that Star Beings would take her child away, and may have chosen murder-suicide
in the cave rather than face the presumed alternative, Pye suggests.
- It is hardly likely that the "Starchild"
aspect of this case can ever be proved. But the skull itself does exist
and has so far baffled the experts. Further testing is underway and will
be reported by CNI News as details become available. Photos, animations
and further details are posted at http://www.starchildproject.com. [Note:
Lloyd Pye seeks funding assistance for futher testing of the skulls. See
Announcements, part 2 of this issue.]
- Meanwhile, the unusual skeleton reported
by MUFON is equally intriguing. The man who first studied the strange skeleton
of a "little person," Professor of paleontology Robert Slaughter,
wrote about it in his book, "Fossil Remains of Mythical Creatures"
in a chapter titled "Alien." Despite the term "mythical,"
MUFON director Andrus is sure that Slaughter considered the skeleton authentic
and unlike any known species. Slaughter gave it the name Ladonia wallacia
-- Ladonia for the Texas town nearest to where it was found, wallacia for
its discoverer, Richard Wallace.
- Controversy over this find began several
months ago. A narrative posted at http://www.holman.net/ufo/alienskeleton
by researcher Jimmie Holman tells of a December, 1998 meeting in Texas
in which the alleged skeleton was presented for discussion. According to
Holman, many at that meeting expressed grave doubts regarding the skeleton's
authenticity. Photos posted at Holman's website show an incomplete skeleton
-- mainly the skull and appendages -- set within a dark-colored matrix.
The question has been raised whether the "bones" are actually
bone at all.
- However, Walt Andrus is evidently convinced
that the bones are real and that the case merits further investigation.
For Andrus and for MUFON, much is riding on the unquestioned credibility
of Professor Slaughter.
- According to Andrus, there seems to be
a possible connection between this skelteon and the famous "Airship
Mystery" of 1897. As first reported in the Dallas Morning News of
April 19, 1897, a remarkable "UFO crash" occurred on April 17
in the small town of Aurora, Texas. There, several witnesses attested that
they saw a cigar-shaped "airship" fly slowly over the town and
crash into a windmill on the property of Judge J. S. Proctor. The airship
reportedly exploded into fragments, killing and mutilating its lone pilot.
The body was buried that day in the Aurora cemetery. All that was said
of it was that it was a very small person, evidently not of this world.
- Years later, MUFON investigators recovered
small scraps of odd metal at the site of the destroyed Proctor windmill.
Tested in two labs in 1973, those scraps were shown to be mostly aluminum
with 6 percent iron. However, Walt Andrus writes, "The crystalline
structure of the metal baffled technicians in both labs." Meanwhile,
the stone which had marked the alleged grave of the airship pilot was stolen,
and the site was not relocated.
- But other evidence suggests that perhaps
Slaughter's skeleton belonged to another hapless comrade of the airship
pilot. A series of amazing coincidences seems to link the skeleton to the
UFO events of 1897.
- Years ago, while dining in Ladonia, Texas
(about 60 miles NW of Dallas), Slaughter was introduced to a man who was
then restoring an old home in the town. In the home, he had found a letter
written to the one-time owner, Ethel McFarland, by a man friend. Shown
the letter, dated 1925, Slaughter found that it spoke of the man's sighting
of strange airships and little people while on a frog hunt outside Ladonia.
The date was April 16, 1897. The man and two comrades had stumbled upon
a brightly lighted clearing near the bank of the North Sulphur River, then
watched in amazement as four little people busied themselves with some
kind of task. In the clearing were two strange airships, on the ground.
Becoming afraid, the men sneaked away; but they returned the next day and
found signs of two fresh graves. They surmised that the four people they
had seen were in the process of burying two of their own.
- As it happened, that very day -- April
17, 1897 -- an airship fitting the same description crashed in Aurora,
about 100 miles to the west of Ladonia. Less well know, according to Slaughter,
was another airship report, also the same day, from the town of Stephenville,
southwest of Fort Worth. In that instance, more than 50 witnesses were
said to have seen two small people and one airship on the ground. Possibly
that accounts for both airships seen by the writer of the letter.
- By another odd coincidence, the Army
Corp of Engineers in 1929 undertook to straighten the North Sulphur River
to improve drainage. As a result, in the ensuing years the greater water
flow cut a deep channel, exposing very old layers of sediment and many
- It was while hunting fossils along that
river bank that geologist Richard Wallace reportedly found what looked
like part of a humanoid legbone. However, the bone was hollow, like that
of a bird. After showing the bone to his friend Professor Slaughter, the
two men decided to go back an excavate the area in hopes of finding more.
They succeeded in recovering nearly the whole skeleton of what looks like
a small person. It is possible, Slaughter surmised, that this could be
one of the airship crewmen buried there in 1897.
- The skull, said Slaughter, "matches
very closely the faces we've all seen drawn after alleged encounters with
extraterrestrial beings." Features included very small mouth and nasal
passages, and "huge" eye sockets with extra bony structures seemingly
designed to help support an enormous eyeball. Almost all the bones are
hollow. The hand has an opposable thumb plus three fingers, each with one
joint (rather than two as in humans). The feet have four toes. "This
creature is clearly not human in the strict sense, even though it can be
considered hominoid," Slaughter wrote.
- Remarkably, the skeleton was found wearing
an unusual vest, composed of metallic "links" like a warrior's
armor [i.e. chain mail], Andrus reports. Both the skeleton and the clothing
remained in Slaughter's personal possession, and his widow retains them
today. Andrus says he visited her in the summer of 1998, a few months after
Professor Slaughter's death. Andrus measured and photographed the skeleton.
He says it measures 39-5/8 inches head to toe. The head is not disproportionately
- In answer to recent questions regarding
this case, Andrus called researcher Jan Aldrich (jan@CYBERZONE.NET) of
Project 1947 on March 15 to clarify several points. As related by Aldrich
(quoted with permission), Andrus "says the skeleton is real -- composed
of bones -- and needs to be studied. He does not claim ET origin. The article
was just for discussion purposes. He claims the 'alien' skeleton is different
from all other Slaughter artifacts." Aldrich says Andrus told him
that "the plan for further analysis is to take a piece of bone from
the skeleton and a metal sample from the 'armor' and subject them to analysis.
[Andrus] would like to do a DNA analysis on the bone."
- Andrus also states in his article that
Judith Slaughter, the professor's widow, has signed a contract with Sony
Pictures for the film rights to the book "Fossil Remains of Mythical
Creatures." Plans for a feature film are now underway.
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