Jan 10 2017

How often does one get to write about a possibly extraterrestrial skull in one's job? I will tell you: not that often. So here we go...

At this year's 18th Annual McMenamins UFO Festival (May 18-21, 2017) at Hotel Oregon, we are pleased to host guest speaker Melanie Young, a former neonatal nurse and co-founder of the volunteer organization called the Starchild Project.

In 1998, having worked as a registered nurse (RN) in the neonatal unit of a busy hospital for more than a decade, Young was given a very strange gift.

"I opened the box and there were two skulls inside. One was a normal human, but the other was so strange, I just took one look at it and thought, how did you survive?" The thin and light bone of the skull and its strange shape were different from any deformity she had ever seen in practice or in text books. She suspected that, if it was a human, it had survived a level of deformity that had never been seen before.

What has since become known as the Starchild Skull is a 900-year-old bone that was found in a cave in Mexico in the 1930s. It was kept in private collections ‘til 1998, when it came into Young's possession.

The skull quickly gained new-found attention in 1999 when UFO enthusiasts noticed that it looked like a skull of the so-called "grey alien," and it became known as the "Starchild Skull." That same year, Young co-founded a volunteer organization known as the Starchild Project, which began seeking experts to examine the skull, and contracting independent labs to conduct donation-funded testing ranging from X-rays to scanning electron microscopy and DNA testing. The organization has published all of the results and reports directly on starchildproject.com. Although some experts remain skeptical, many have gone on record with their conclusions that the relic is not human. Still, there are numerous reports, articles and websites debunking the myth of the skull - and just as many sources that strive to debunk the debunkers.

Young is open to the possibility that it is from an alien lifesource, but reiterates that her goal is to explore any medial or scientific benefits of the skull first and only then to worry about where it fits -- if at all -- on the human family tree. She hopes that this strange relic holds the secret to treating some of the conditions that keep many babies from surviving and thriving.

"It has never been about proving aliens exist or finding a new species. That would be cool, but it's not why I started this," Young says. "The thing that has driven me to keep working on this is knowing that, if we could find out what made this a viable birth, then we could develop ways to help other babies with birth defects survive and live a productive life."

The skull was most recently in the possession of paranormal researcher Lloyd Pye, who passed away in 2013. A quick online search produced inconclusive information as to where the relic is currently. (Melanie Young will not in fact have it with her in McMinnville, in case you were wondering.)

Tickets for Young's program on Friday, May 19, as well as several other of our 18th Annual UFO Fest events, are now on sale at ufofest.com.

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