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]

Lloyd Pye
Born(1946-09-07)September 7, 1946
Houma, Louisiana
DiedDecember 9, 2013(2013-12-09) (aged 67)
Destin, Florida
OccupationAuthor and paranormal researcher
EducationTulane University
SubjectPromotion of the Starchild skull
Notable worksThat Prosser Kid, Mismatch



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


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


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 to 1968.[18][19] He was the Tulane Green Wave football team's leading punter 1967–1968.[20] He later lived in Pensacola, Florida.[16][21][22]



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 August 13, 2011.
  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 March 17, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Novella, Steven (July 20, 2009). "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 June 14, 2012.
  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.
  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 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 May 23, 2014 – via Legacy.com.
  15. ^ "Article 404 - Houma Today - Houma, LA". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  16. ^ a b "Dr. Lloyd Pye Sr., O.D." Houma Today. September 19, 2007. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  17. ^ "Lloyd (Anthony) Pye, (Jr.)". Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. 2001.
  18. ^ "Miami tops Tulane". Deseret News. October 6, 1967. p. 6A. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  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 August 27, 2011.
  24. ^ "Mismatch". West Coast Review of Books. Vol. 14. Rapport. 1988. p. 23.