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Lloyd Anthony Pye (September 7, 1946 – December 9, 2013) was an American author and paranormal researcher best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull. He claimed it was the relic of a human-alien hybrid, although DNA testing showed it to be from a human male. He also promoted the ideas that cryptozoological creatures such as Bigfoot were real and that aliens intervened to create life on Earth.
Pye's first book That Prosser Kid (1977), a fictional account of college football, was said to have "achieved considerable recognition" by the Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, and was called "lively but unoriginal" by the Boston Globe. His 1988 book Mismatch was called a "novel that ought to go on your must read list" by Deseret News.
In addition to authoring books, Pye gave lectures and made television appearances in support of his ideas on The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel, Extra, Animal Planet, and Richard & Judy in the United Kingdom. Pye stated that he believed Bigfoot to exist, as well as the similar Mongolian cryptid the Almas.
The Starchild skull
In the late 1990s, Pye obtained a curiously shaped skull from a couple in El Paso, Texas that he believed was an alien-human hybrid. DNA tests show that the skull is from a human male. American clinical neurologist Steven Novella believes the skull belongs to a child who suffered from hydrocephalus.
Pye was born in Houma, Louisiana, to Lloyd A. Pye Sr., an optometrist (died 2007), and Nina; Lloyd Pye had two brothers. He earned a football scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans as a Running back/Punter from 1964–1968. He was the Tulane Green Wave football team's leading punter 1967-1968. He graduated in 1968 with a B.S. in psychology and joined the U.S. Army as a military intelligence specialist. He later lived in Pensacola.
In 2013 Pye was diagnosed with cancer and retired from active research and promotion of the starchild skull. On December 10 that year, his family announced on Facebook that Pye had died on December 9.
- That Prosser Kid (fiction, Arbor House, 1977, ISBN 0-87795-165-9) about a redshirted college football player, republished as A Darker Shade of Red (2007, Bell Lap Books)
- Mismatch, (fiction, Dell, 1988), about computer hacking and warfare. ISBN 978-0595126149
- Everything You Know is Wrong – Book One: Human Evolution (Adamu, 1998) ISBN 978-0966013412
- The Starchild Skull: Genetic Enigma or Human-Alien Hybrid? (Bell Lap Books, 2007, ISBN 0-97938-814-7)
- Starchild Skull Essentials (ebook, 2011)
- Intervention Theory Essentials (ebook, 2011)
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- Serafin, Steven R.; Bendixen, Alfred (2005). The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 1073. ISBN 0-8264-1777-9.
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- "Novel Offers a Chilling Look at Havoc Caused by `Phreaker'". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah). April 2, 1989.
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- Pye, Lloyd (2000). Everything You Know Is Wrong: Human Origins.
- Novella, Steven. "The Starchild Project". The New England Skeptical Society. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Feder, Kenneth L. (2010). Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313379185. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
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- Lind, Angus (November 26, 2008). "Ms. Fitz Football Endowment Fund". Tulane Green Wave. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- "Starchild skull proponent Lloyd Pye has died". Doubtful News. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- Paine, Jocelyn (November 20, 1977). "Small-time football is his game plan". Los Angeles Times.
- Pye, Lloyd (October 2007). "IP feature: A Darker Shade of Red—A tale twice told". Independent Publisher. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- West coast review of books 14. Rapport Pub. Co. 1988. p. 23.