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DNA and the Starchild Skull: No Alien Hybrids Here

Frank Johnson of the Ancient Aliens Debunked (AAD) blog recently posted this lengthy essay concerning alleged DNA evidence that the Starchild Skull was that of a human-alien hybrid child: “A Bone to Pick with the Starchild Skull.” It’s well worth the read, and you should follow the links that relate to the testing itself. The post not only goes into the selective use (and discarding) of DNA evidence, but also its misinterpretation. The post features comments (which have been public for some time) by Dr. Robert Carter. Carter’s PhD is in marine biology, but he’s knowledgeable about the interpretation...

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The Starchild Skull and Its DNA Testing: No Proof of an Alien Hybrid

Frank Johnson of the Ancient Aliens Debunked (AAD) blog recently posted this lengthy essay concerning alleged DNA evidence that the Starchild Skull was that of a human0alien hybrid child: “A Bone to Pick with the Starchild Skull.” It’s well worth the read, and you should follow the links that relate to the testing itself. The post not only goes into the selective use (and discarding) of DNA evidence, but also its misinterpretation. The post features comments (which have been public for some time) by Dr. Robert Carter. Carter’s PhD is in marine biology, but he’s knowledgeable about the interpretation...

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Dr. Gary Nolan on the Atacama Specimen and the Starchild Skull

Jack Brewer has posted a recent email exchange with Dr. Gary Nolan, the Stanford scientist who conducted the DNA work on the alleged “Atacama alien.” It’s readable and interesting, and so I recommend it to my readers. Some key statements by Dr. Nolan: The specimen has interesting mutations, but all mainstream genetics. As to the utility of DNA I am ambivalent. It’s so easy to contaminate DNA or misinterpret the results. Dr. Nolan has also examined the “Starchild” skull. Jack Brewer included that topic as part of his interview. Again, interesting comments from Dr. Nolan: I reached out to...

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A Note on Lloyd Pye’s Starchild DNA Report

Hat tip to Larry H. for directing my attention to an important comment on the late Lloyd Pye’s Starchild website. At the end of the report about the DNA testing of the Starchild skull, Gary Nolan of Stanford University (the person who did the 3-D imaging at Stanford) very plainly (but politely) disputes the conclusions offered by Pye of the analysis. His disputation echoes that of Dr. Robert Carter, whose dismissal of Pye’s claims I had blogged about earlier. You can read the report and Dr. Nolan’s comment here. In case either the report of Dr. Nolan’s comment is...

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Elongated Skulls and Christian Ethics

Those of you with an interest in the elongated skull paleobabble (that they have something to do with aliens or nephilim) will find this short essay of interest. It’s from the Hot Cup of Joe blog. It’s basically an overview of the methodological problems of the research and testing put forth by Lynn Marzulli and Brien Foerster on elongated skulls from Peru. Sadly, there’s nothing new here. Claims of submitting the skulls for testing without revealing the identity of those doing the tests, which labs did (or are doing) the work, failure to follow protocols that everyone who does this sort of testing for real follow, etc.  I just don’t understand why Christian researchers somehow feel compelled to be secretive, sloppy, or cavalier in research. Would you want a plumber who just did things his own way? A tax attorney? A pediatrician? How about a hair stylist? To quote Captain Obvious, research isn’t valid unless it can be validated. That means going the extra mile in careful method; transparency in sharing data, method, and results; and of course peer review. Instead we get the kind of amateurish work that mimes the “secular” ancient astronaut carnival. The tragedy is that, if there really is something to discover, the way the research has been done puts the whole effort under the pall of suspicion out of the gate. Sigh. I’ve blogged before...

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