Astral Aspiration: aromorphic evolution, a third perspective on the Starchild Skull

“Every man and every woman is a star.”

-Aleister Crowley

“The infant represents our evolutionary future.”

-Ray Peat

Aromorphosis: a morphological process of metabolic intensification,  whereby living organisms become increasingly complex over the span of evolution.

“Introduced by A. N. Severtsov, “who used the word “aromorphosis” to refer to the most general adaptive changes in organization and functions. Aromorphosis is usually accompanied by an increase in the intensity of the life processes of animals and in the variety of their manifestations (differentiation). These changes are useful and essential when the habitats of the organisms change while the organisms remain stable. Aromorphosis enables qualitative jumps that raise the level of organization of a species and enable it to adapt to life under new conditions, thus helping to enlarge its range.”

…  “As an example of aromorphosis in the evolution of higher vertebrates Severtsov cites the qualitative jump in the transition from reptilian ancestors to mammals. The four-chambered heart, the alveolar structure of the lungs, diaphragmatic breathing, and other factors raised the level of metabolism in mammals and increased their ability to adapt to changes in living conditions. Bearing young in the mother’s uterus and feeding them milk extended their chances of survival.”

-from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979).

The Starchild skull is an unusual skull  that was found in Mexico somewhere in the region of Chihuaha around the Copper Canyon area.


The Starchild Skull

Most of the debate around the skull has been around whether or not it is an alien / alien-human hybrid or just a deformed human skull, however a third possibility may exist.

The skull is extraordinary, truly remarkable, and the position of individuals such as Lloyd Pye who made the skull famous, that the skull must be at least partially extraterrestrial is understandable, a position that seems more reasonable than the standard sceptic’s reponse of it’s just hydrocephalic and /or progerioid.

More detailed information on the unusual features of the skull can be found at:

The Starchild project

The unusual features of the skull:


The Starchild Skull: Alien or Elfin?

The volume of the interior of the skull is 1,600 cubic cm, 200cm3 larger than the average adult’s and 400cm3 larger than an adult of equivalent size.


Left: Starchild (with reconstructed lower face). Right: Adult human

The orbits of the eyes are oval and unusually shallow.

It appears the skull would have had relatively small cheek bones and small muscles for chewing food as these muscles pass through the zygomatic arches.

The skull lacks frontal sinuses.

The bone is unusually thin, but also appears to be highly durable, exceptionally hard, Lloyd Pye has claimed that the bone was incredibly difficult to cut through and is woven through by odd fibres, yet to be identified.

A mineral analysis of the bone shows significant differences to typical human bone, most notably containing an unusually high amount of carbon and oxygen (carbon dioxide?).


Elemental Analysis

Genetic material recovered from the skull appears unusual, mitochondrial DNA from the starchild skull differs from human, generally the maximum number of mtDNA variations between humans is 120. The Starchild Skull has between 800-1,000 differences.

Nuclear DNA, some of the starchild’s nuclear DNA may be different from anything previously found on earth, including a fragment several thousand nucleotides long that could not be matched to any recorded DNA.

The Starchild’s FoxP2 gene also appears significantly different from human, this is a gene which appears to be involved in a number of processes in the body, including speech, oro-facial development as well as being involved in the development of the alveoli of the lungs, a large brain like the Starchild’s would require an efficient respiratory system.

Early tests appeared to show that standard X and Y chromosomes were present, suggesting that the child was a human male or at least had human parents. Mitochondrial DNA also appeared to belong to haplogroup C (a Native American group).

I don’t think the possibly significant genetic differences require extra-terrestrials to explain, given the evidence for non-random directed genetic mutation, it seems possible that a biology that is liquid crystalline and energetically coherent across multiple domains would allow for sudden meaningful and significant adaptive evolutionary jumps especially when conscious organismic intelligence is recognised as fundamental to and inseparable from biology. Organismic bioenergetic coherence would allow for seemingly vast evolutionary jumps with the new organism differing significantly and meaningfully at the genetic level from the parent organism.

The early results also strongly suggest the skull at least has a connection to earth humans.

What I would like to suggest is that the skull is neither deformed nor alien, instead it may be neo/meta-human, an evolutionary stride forwards.


Artists impression of Starchild in life: Tommy Allison

So why do I think this might be the case? Well the skull and some of the reconstructions based on it appear remarkably neotenous, that is it preserves very youthful features, large brain size, large, eyes, relatively small face in comparison to the head size, for more on neoteny as an evolutionary tendency see:

Chapter 4 of Ray Peat’s Generative Energy


Left:infant chimp. Right: adult chimp.




I think the mineral analysis is interesting, if carbon dioxide is as biologically significant as I suspect, acting in some sense as a sort of electrical doping agent increasing the conductivity of proteins, it might be expected that a more evolved and energetic organism might show signs of exposure to higher levels of carbon dioxide.

For more on CO2 see: Ray Peat’s articles

I think some of the unusual qualities of the bone might be explainable by increased trophic activity of the nerves, resulting in a more qualitatively developed bone as a result of increased quality of innervation, denervation of bone results in osteoporotic bone, so it does not seem unreasonable that increased nerve energy might result in a developmental advance in bone quality.


Hydrocephalic skull

I’m not convinced by the explanation that the skull is of cradleboarded hydrocephalic infant, or a child with progeria, the morphology of the skull while unusual appears coherent and the unusual qualities of the bone, if Lloyd Pye has reported them accurately, seem incompatible with either hydrocephalus or progeria. In progeria bones show hypoplasia and dysplasia, yet the starchild bone is reported to be super-humanly tough.

I don’t think it’s necessary to bring extra-terrestrials into the picture to explain the starchild skull, other factors that might be involved include the altitude, leading to increased carbon dioxide retention on the part of both the child and mother, possible yogic / meditative / spiritual practice on the part of the mother resulting in an optimized uterine environment for the developing organism.

If the skull is 900 years old this would place it within the Medieval warm period which lasted from AD 950 – 1250, in Europe this was a period of abundant food as result of the warmer climate and milder winters, as has been pointed out by others including Randall Carlson, this abundance of food and more hospitable climate may have contributed to developments in art and culture that resulted in Gothic architecture, it is possible that these more nurturing conditions allowed for the aromorphic evolution seen in the Starchild skull. Other various and unknown reasons might also be involved, likely requiring a highly permissive environment free from the usual distorting cultural stressors a developing child would encounter, allowing for the child to devote its conscious energies to the realization and expansion of its developmental potentials, allowing for autopoietic evolution.

The suggestion that the starchild’s differences are a result of an autopoietic evolution might seem strange even impossible, but only if you believe in a mechanical model of evolutionary change that depends on random mutations selected out by a blind mechanism “red in tooth and claw”, if it is recognized that evolution is a living organic participatory process that intimately involves conscious intelligence, then the suggestion that the starchild skull might be the result of a conscious organic probing into a new potential biopsychic state seems natural, and if this sort of evolution is possible for one then it must be possible for others.



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