OK.... this was so intriguing to me that I had to post it, and let everyone know about it, even if it is one of those internet hoaxes, which, in this case, I do not think it is, even though there is weighty reason to argue that the whole thing is a hoax. Well, if so, I claim my academic right to be wrong, and if I'm wrong, we can all have a good laugh at my expense and move on to other things. Anyway, here's the articles and the picture.

Was there a reace of people who had horns?

Five Mysterious Skulls: Dare they be called Human?

Now, what's interesting here is that apparently and allegedly the horned skull was found in Pennsylvania, and then it was "disappeared." Well, if so, whence the photograph? But let's assume for the sake of argument that the photograph of the skull is genuine. What would be the implications?

Clearly, someone had an interest in stealing the skull and it seems relatively clear why this was done. As one of the linked articles shows, horns were often used in art works to denote divinity or deity, or someone who had been touched by it. The standard interpretation being that such horns were figurative, symbolic of the "rays of light" emanating from the individual on whom they appeared. The appearance of an actual skull with such features, however, especially in the late 19th century, would have alerted "those in the know" that perhaps there was something to the idea of "the gods" mingling with men. All it would have taken is a quick glance at Genesis chapter six to conclude that the old story may not have been "just a story" after all.

But why steal such a skull? My suspicions here are nothing less, and nothing more, than speculative, and, again, are based on the methodological assumption of assuming the story to be true for the sake of argument and speculation. So here goes: (1) in the first instance, I think it would be necessary to steal such a skull simply to keep evidence of the history of the human race deliberately obscure. It would not do to have evidence confirming so many ancient texts and lore, and to have too many people inquiring into them.  (2) In the second instance, and much more importantly, I think that it may have been stolen for deposit against the day that scientific techniques would have been evolved to determine its origins, i.e., against the time that DNA sequencing - completely unknown at that time - would be able to shed more light on the species origin (or origins), of such a skull.

Given all the other strange skulls that are known, the horned skull, with its long association with artistic symbols of deity, would be of inevitable interest to anyone seeking, through the human genome and cataloguing of haplogroups, of reconstructing a history of the human race and its migrations back through the mists of pre-history. We can, however, be relatively confident that if the results of such tests were ever released, the data would be as obfuscated as that of Osama Bin Laden.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. paul degagne on May 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Thomas,
    I wrote a very nice response to you and the members of this website but I just lost it! Genius me, forget to enter my name and email and up popped a screen informing so. So I backed up a page and PUFF!!!!! Out the window it went> I hate it when that happens.

    Anyway, have a nice day and don’t forget to sign in “OR ELSE!!! ha, ha!!!!

    PS –I’m originally from a former Mill Town called Fall River, Mass. so I guess that makes me an East Coaster but I spent many years out on the West Coast. Now I’m presently living in the Mid-Western Wonderland called Chicago due to having met someone special on the internet and moving here to marry her. To make a long story short — I wake up in the morning with her beside her and I don’t feel so pauperish anymore. I still bitch and moan about it but I know I’m luckey.

    The other day I came across a strangely titled book called “Philosophers Who Failed at Love.” There were many of them whom you would recognize their names. What was it they DIDN”T KNOW or left out? (I now think I know but I still would like to KNOW what they DID KNOW for “HOW DO WE MAKE SENSE… like Farrell says in the introduction to GGMM. And, I also would like to KNOW what Farrell knows too, ha, ha!

    Have a nice day and don’t forget your Epistemology basics which says, “Can we KNOW anything and IF we can How do we KNOW!

    Don’t mind me for I am just trying to add a little humor. It’s a rainy day today. (Yeah, I can imagine your possible thoughts, advice coming from someone who doesn’t even KNOW how to post a simple post, ha, ha!!

  2. Thomas Marz on May 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Hey Paul – where are you from in the world?

  3. paul de gagne on May 26, 2011 at 8:11 am

    One more thing? Forgive my mispells and improper grammar but I’m on a public, library computer with three more minutes to post so I am racing. When I finnally get a “dam new found contraction called a computer I will be more tidy and less sloppy.

  4. paul de gagne on May 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

    What I like about Farrell’s site is the quick response to this question of Skulls for almost immediately afterwards someone posted a helpful recommendation, like toine posted, of good sites to where one can read further if one so desires. I can remember wasting precious time searching for these little bits of imformation only to find out their were unessential and unimportant.

    I cant stand it when I lose my sense of patience – all this “Re-direction (I think you called it “deflection” in your book?.” If you ask me it’s a form of propagandist mind-control for we only got so much time. Why waste it on hoaxes or somebody else who thinks they discovered a better mousetrap. If we all pool our resources or heads together we can make up for the handicaps we suffer compared to the advantages this “Elite” enjoys.. I’d say?

    Even though I am not an Archaeologist, Paleontologist or even a Physical Anthropologist’s I’ still am a bone-picker from way back and I want to pick the very last bit or morsel on these bones of contention, ha, ha!.

    Thank You Mister Farrell for I think I found a suitable site (my fingers are still crossed) I’ll spend some of this “time” in here in this imaginary cyberspace. I’m no snob or nothing but there is such a creature as standards and certainly “Raising the Bar” like you mentioned in GGMM is a good thing I am sick and tired of cheap imitations or simulations from these BOZOS or what was the word you used in your book – Oh yes, “Ninnes.” Sock-it-to-em Joe for they got it coming for it aint nice to fool mother-nature! A big mac hamburger is good when your very hungry but when it’s passed off as Prime Rib? I don’t know? I can still remember what’s in my stomach (independent in some small way) and it sure don’t feel like Meat!.

    In this NOWHERE-LAND, I don’t know? In fact WHO does KNOW? I liked to know. How that for a epistemic question? You did invite it or illicit some responses Farrell when in the beginning of your Intro to GGMM who Stated in boldface or capitalized letters the following five words of the first sentence, I quote, “HOW DOES ONE MAKE SENSE… To further justify myself you went on to use that funny word – “TEXT.” So if by any chance you find what am wroting a bit annoying (I don’t think so) I am just taking your recommendations quite literally like the field of textuality suggests. I’m just going to continue plugging on and cease and decease the previous sites. I only hope it leads to SOMEWHERE wherever that is instead of the same old NOWHERE! (to trigger or stimulate your memory – do you recollect a gripe or an observation you made to us, your reads, on this site about how boring attending these “Conventions” meaning nothing new or the Same old Same old or even worst some Malarkey we both know from 30yrs ago is still being passed along as some new mousetrap. Just like some New Soap detergent with the same ingredients but a shinier package! (An to think we spent money getting to the Convention hall for this…? Well, I didn’t because I’m not fortunate enough to have much green cash! Anyway, I would have still found some interesting new ideas by observing these strange creatures in the wild called “Conspiracy Theorists — Ha, ha!

    Thanks again and also the members or viewers because without us all where would we be?

  5. MattB on May 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    If the skulls are deformed due to human interference, the questions becomes-why?

    What are they seeing/have seen in order to mirror this behaviour?

    • MattB on May 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      I ran a test on my senior ancient History students using these skulls a while ago to se what conclusions they could come up with.

      You betcha-a dialectic!

      Aliens or genetic mutation!

      And the hidden third position would be……………..

  6. terrylee3000 on May 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm


    A very large bone spur!

  7. terrylee3000 on May 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Could it be a natural deformity like a bone spur on steroids?

  8. Tartarus on May 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Interesting post.
    Just as a thought, do you think it possible that the horned skulls and the elongated skulls belong to two different races of “gods”?

    I’m not saying this is definitely what I think the skulls, as I am currently still somewhat neutral on the issue. I’m just throwing out speculations.

  9. Antoine on May 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

  10. paul de gagne on May 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I am not going to comment on this particular hoax but I recall some session on a tv channel where the narator was trying to explain away (rationalizing) an anomaly such as this, parden my humor, this BONEHEAD!

    It was interesting watching an exercise in futility? It’s always fascinating to see intelligent people make big fools of them selves even if their well meaning dupes.

    Some african peoples stick these discs little by little til they have such elongated, purtruding lips – it’s amazing how far people will go for beauty. Yeah, beauty is a cold beast sometimes or or should I say fashion is.

    The narrator or commentator had me going for a little while and good for him because I love great story-tellers but then again my inductive skepticism with no exceptions ( no such creature because there are always exceptions even if the exception shows up ten thousand yrs into the future) until I reasoned that is the ‘skull that malible. In some ways it is. I really don’t believe or think it is? I rather trust my own instincts instead of some commentator that could have devious designs in his/her mind. Call it Paranoia or what you like but at least I will then be responsible for my own mistakes or foolish beliefs and not theirs. I aint taking any more bum raps for anybody!!

    My nephew was a test pilot at one time and who is partially retired now was born with a pin-head or the the top part of his head looked awful and we got afraid. My present wife who was a midwife for ten years told me that happens sometimes because of the delivery and it aint a good sign or doesn’t show much for the doctor’s abilities. Anyway, the wise old woman around in my family relieved us with their assurances that it will even itself out in time and it did.

    Still, I believe this skull speaks for itself! I am nowhere convinced it is due to some manipulation that is not genetic in nature or origin. .

    • Ridge on May 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      A plausible explanation for the elongated skulls, is binding. However, what no one can explain, is why it has been found in burial sites all over the world.

      Were all civilizations connected at one time? Were these peoples imitating someone, or something of high status, that had an elongated skull?

      • MizGreen on May 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        Excellent points Ridge. I saw a program about this (the History Channel I think?) that speculated on the same thing: why this particular deformation? Why in so many different worldwide locales? Were these ancient humans fervently trying to imitate their powerful ‘god/s’ — or perhaps trying to shape their offspring to eventually gain favored status?

        On another note: what did Dan Aykroyd know? 😉

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