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Lloyd Pye
Born (1946-09-07)September 7, 1946
Houma, Louisiana
Died December 9, 2013(2013-12-09) (aged 67)
Destin, Florida
Occupation Author and paranormal researcher
Nationality American
Education Tulane University
Subject Promotion of the Starchild skull
Notable works That Prosser Kid, Mismatch

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 genetic 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, P.I..[14]

The Starchild skull[edit]

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 United States Army as a military intelligence specialist. He later lived in Pensacola, Florida.[16][21][22][not in citation given]


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


  • That Prosser Kid (fiction, Arbor House, 1977, ISBN 0877951659) about a redshirted college football player,[10] republished as A Darker Shade of Red (2007, Bell Lap Books)[23]
  • Mismatch, (fiction, Dell, 1988), about computer hacking and warfare.[24] ISBN 9780595126149
  • Everything You Know is Wrong – Book One: Human Evolution (Adamu, 1998) ISBN 9780966013412
  • The Starchild Skull: Genetic Enigma or Human-Alien Hybrid? (Bell Lap Books, 2007) ISBN 0979388147
  • Starchild Skull Essentials (ebook, 2011)
  • Intervention Theory Essentials (ebook, 2011)


  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". The Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ Freedman, Richard (February 5, 1978). "Worlds of men". The New York Times Book Review. The 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 on IMDb . 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. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Punting Year-By-Year Leaders". Tulane Green Wave (website). Tulane University, CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  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. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  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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