Fibers inside the Starchild Skull's Bone
In 2003 samples of the Starchild Skull's bone were examined using a scanning electron microscope at the Royal Holloway University in London. Previous research had discovered that the bone was thinner, lighter, and harder to cut than normal human bone, and it was hoped that this investigation would help to explain why.
When the bone sample was examined under magnification, strange fibers were visible on the cut surface, apparently emerging from inside the bone. Mycologists were informally consulted in an attempt to identify them as a fungus or other organism. They said that it did not look like a biological contamination. To the best of our knowledge, nothing like this has ever been seen in any other kind of bone.
Speculation is that these fibers act like the steel reinforcing rods in concrete, but so far the Starchild Project has not been able to isolate the fibers for further testing. An unclassified medical condition called "Morgellons Disease" has been suggested as the cause of the fibers, but the size, shape, and appearance of the fibers in the Starchild bone are completely unlike those linked to Morgellons.
The images below are duplicates of the original photographs taken by the microscope.
Bone Sample One
A thin slice of Starchild Skull bone under magnification, showing the fibers.
A cluster of fibers dubbed the "knot" - visible on the Bone Sample One image, near the top just to the right of the image.
Two fibers dubbed "threads" - visible on the Bone Sample One image, near the top at the far right.
Bone Sample Two
A thin slice of Starchild Skull bone under magnification, showing a rough and smooth cut surface caused by the mechanical bone saw changing speed. Fibers are also visible.
Claw shaped Bone and Fibers
A "claw" shaped piece of bone, visible about one third down the line between rough and smooth bone in the Bone Sample Two image. Fibers covered in bone dust are visible.
Fibers Above "Claw" Bone
A higher magnification of the top middle section of the "claw" image.
This image is a higher magnification of the top right area of the last image. The fibers are clearly visible emerging from the bone.
Even Higher Magnification
This image is an even higher magnification of the top right area of the last image, at only only 50 um (microns per millimeter)
Fiber On Bone Surface
A lose fiber on the surface of the smooth cut bone.
Magnified Lose Fiber
A higher magnification of the previous image, showing the torn edge of the fiber.