'ET/Hybrid' Skull & 'Slaughter' Skeleton Stir Controversy
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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 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 human-like being.
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 shape.
-- 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 heavens.
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 [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 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 fossils.
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 large.
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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