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Teeth and Maxilla
The Starchild Skull was reportedly damaged in a flood, which left much of the face missing. However one small fragment of maxilla (upper jaw) was saved. Dr. Sweet and Dr. Robinson agree that, based on the developmental stage of the teeth in this fragment, the Starchild was a child aged no more than 6 at the time of death. This is somewhat contradicted by other evidence, such as the adult way the suture lines (the joins in the bone plates of the skull) are knitted, and the heavy wear on the teeth, so there is still some debate about age at death.
Starchild Skull with Maxilla
The tiny maxilla fragment is only about 1 inch long.
The purple residue is from a dental impression, and is not part of the maxilla itself. The rear tooth has been sacrificed for a DNA test that sadly ended in contamination with no result.
Notice the heavy wear on the teeth, which has led some to speculate that it must have been far older than a child.
A side view of the maxilla in X-Ray.
A view showing the unerupted teeth that allowed Dr. Sweet to judge the age as 4.5-6 years old at death.
Another view of the unerupted teeth.
A computer reconstruction showing how the face of the Starchild may have looked before the facial bones were damaged.
Starchild compared to Human
A scale comparison of the reconstructed Starchild Skull and an adult human, aligned at the eye sockets.
Talented artist Tommy Allison created these facial bones in order to produce a sculpture of the Skull.
Reconstruction - Allison
Tommy Allison's completed reconstruction.
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