Lloyd Pye

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Lloyd Anthony Pye Jr. (September 7, 1946 – December 9, 2013) was an American author and paranormal researcher best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull.[1][2] He claimed it was the relic of a human-alien hybrid,[3] although DNA testing showed it to be from a human male.[4] He also promoted the ideas that cryptozoological creatures such as Bigfoot are real and that aliens intervened in human development.[5][6]


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,[7] and was called "lively but unoriginal" by the Boston Globe.[8] It received negative reviews in The New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Times.[9][10] His 1988 book Mismatch was called a "novel that ought to go on your must read list" by Deseret News.[11]

Pye also 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.[12] Pye stated that he believed Bigfoot to exist,[5] as well as the similar Mongolian cryptid the Almas.[13]

In the 1980s, Pye wrote for television shows including Scarecrow and Mrs King and Magnum, PI.[14]

The Starchild skull[edit]

Main article: 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 has said the skull belongs to a child who suffered from hydrocephalus.[3][4]

In 2009, Pye took a replica of the skull on a lecture tour of Europe, including an appearance at the Leeds Exopolitics Expo.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Pye was born in Houma, Louisiana, to Lloyd A. Pye Sr., an optometrist (c.1922 - 2007), and Nina Jo Pye (née Boyles); Lloyd Pye had two brothers and a sister.[15][16][17] He earned a football scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans as a Running back/Punter from 1964–1968.[18][19] He was the Tulane Green Wave football team's leading punter 1967-1968.[20] 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.[16][21][22][not in citation given]


In 2013, Pye was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and retired from active research and promotion of the starchild skull. Lloyd Pye died December 9, 2013 at his home in Destin, Florida.[14]



  1. ^ Regal, Brian (2009). Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia. Greenwood. p. 88. ISBN 9780313355073. 
  2. ^ a b "Alien skull' star attraction at Leeds extra-terrestrial conference". Yorkshire Evening Post. June 27, 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ a b Feder, Kenneth L. (2010). "Starchild". Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum. ABC-CLIO. pp. 246–8. ISBN 9780313379185. Retrieved 2011-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b Novella, Steven. "The Starchild Project". The New England Skeptical Society. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Calvert, Brian (August 31, 2006) [May 26, 2005]. "'I have no doubt they're out there'". KOMO News. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. 
  6. ^ Pye, Lloyd (2000). Everything You Know is Wrong: Book One: Human Origins (reprint ed.). Authors Choice Press. ISBN 9780595127498. [full citation needed]
  7. ^ Serafin, Steven R.; Bendixen, Alfred, eds. (2005). "Sports and Literature". The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing. p. 1073. ISBN 0826417779. 
  8. ^ Allen, Bruce (January 27, 1978). "Book review: A somewhat tasty piece of Pye". Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ Freedman, Richard (February 5, 1978). "Worlds of men". The New York Times Book Review. New York Times. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ a b Paine, Jocelyn (November 20, 1977). "Small-time football is his game plan". Los Angeles Times. 
  11. ^ "Novel offers a chilling look at havoc caused by `phreaker'". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT). April 2, 1989. 
  12. ^ Lloyd Pye at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  13. ^ Pye 2000,[full citation needed].
  14. ^ a b "Lloyd A. Pye Jr. (1946 - 2013)". Northwest Florida Daily News. December 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-23 – via Legacy.com. 
  15. ^ http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20070919/OBITUARIES/709190326
  16. ^ a b "Dr. Lloyd Pye Sr., O.D.". Houma Today. September 19, 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  17. ^ "Lloyd (Anthony) Pye, (Jr.)". Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. 2001. (subscription required (help)). 
  18. ^ "Miami tops Tulane". Deseret News. October 6, 1967. p. 6A. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  19. ^ "Ms. Fitz Football Endowment Fund – Committee". Tulane Green Wave (website). Tulane University, CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  20. ^ "Punting Year-By-Year Leaders". Tulane Green Wave (website). Tulane University, CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  21. ^ Vilona, Bill (November 11, 2007). "South Alabama considers possibility of football program". Pensacola News Journal. 
  22. ^ Lind, Angus (November 26, 2008). "Ms. Fitz's Boys". Tulane Green Wave (website). Tulane University, CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  23. ^ Pye, Lloyd (October 2007). "A Darker Shade of Red — A tale twice told". Independent Publisher Online (Jenkins Group). Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  24. ^ "Mismatch". West Coast Review of Books 14 (Rapport). 1988. p. 23. 

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