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The girl recovered both skulls and kept them for the remainder of her life. Upon her death they were passed to an American man, who maintained possession for five years before passing them to the American couple who now control them.
The Starchild's brain volume, contained inside a cranium the size of a smallish human's,
Originally posted by mopusvindictus
Not sure what the original practice of skull binding was all about, be curious if anyone knows...
[edit on 19-11-2008 by mopusvindictus]
Cranial binding is the reshaping of the skull using binding to deform and alter growth. This is usually done either by wrapping with rope or cloth on its own or splinted with wooden or similar devices. The end effect can be elongated skulls, sloping foreheads, and even radical effects such as bi-lobed (heart shaped) skulls.
When an individual is young (a baby), the skull is quite malleable. By restricting the growth of the skull and by putting selective pressure on it by binding it or strapping it against boards, its shape can be permanently altered. This is believed to be one of the first body modifications practised by humans, and can still be observed in parts of Africa and South America (most commonly Peru). Skull shaping is not effective or safe on adults.
It is believed that the shaping was done to identify the owner as a member of a certain group, but in part because Christian missionaries effectively destroyed the cultural records of most of the groups practising this activity, the specifics are very much up for debate. Some even claim that the particularly unusual skulls from Peru are evidence of alien contact
Originally posted by 8bitbreakfast
Now the question is Does the pic of the skull now being debunked debunk the whole article?( though i admit it doesnt look good for this story).... I mean from what i hear about the vatican alien skulls are probably one of the least weird things they have
Vatican: It's OK for Catholics to Believe in Aliens
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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VATICAN CITY — There could be alien life forms and believing they exist isn't contradictory to having faith in God, the top astronomer at the Vatican said in an interview published Tuesday.
In the Vatican newspaper piece, titled "The Extraterrestrial Is My Brother," the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes said the expansiveness of the universe means there could be life on planets other than Earth.
"In my opinion this possibility exists," Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, told L'Osservatore Romano. "Astronomers believe the universe is made up of 100 billion galaxies, each of which consists of 100 billion stars. ... Life forms could exist in theory even without oxygen or hydrogen."
Funes said that there might even be other intelligent life out there, but believing in its existence doesn't pose a problem for those of the Catholic faith.
"It is possible. So far we have no proof. But certainly in a universe so big we can not exclude this hypothesis," he told the paper.
"As there is a multiplicity of creatures on earth, so there may be other beings, intelligent, created by God. This does not conflict with our faith, because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God."
Originally posted by 8bitbreakfast i would even say probable.
Originally posted by 8bitbreakfast
I say probable from a position of believing in ufos. as for no proof i would agree that until aliens or ufos appear in some mass unveiling the proof can be unsatisfying. But that there is no proof for it is to extreme of a view to me. The testamony and video footage as questionable as it can be sometimes still points to something being seen and experienced and there are credible witnesses like police men and military people who come forward, so for me i believe it is real. If you dont believe because the evidence that is made available is not satisfying for you i understand but for me it is and because ive seen strange things in the sky myself i come down on the side of the coin that says aliens exist. In regards to the vatican because of its history of power and secrecy i would imagine that if said objects existed and had to be stored somewhere on earth the vatican would be a likely canidate. do I know? ofcourse not. Ive never seen an alien .. i havnt even been to the vatican in fact i have to take the testamony of others that it also exists because ive never actualy seen it. we all have to judge for ourselves what to do with the info we come across and for many many others out there the evidence that is available on ufos is enough to atleast say ya thats probable.
Originally posted by GrayFox
reply to post by gandaalf
I'll go with this...
Possible? Yes. Probable? Yes. Proven? No.
Think of the size of the galaxy, then think of the size of the universe! Why would our planet be so special? Sure, we have no proof that other life is out there, but I don't see why it would only develop here. Most scientists even agree that alien life probably exists. It is certainly not proven, but it sure is probable.