Recently, tiny slices of the Starchild Skull were sent to an independent testing company, Selee Labs. There, the Skull underwent a thorough and comprehensive examination using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Basically, this cutting edge instrumentation uses a high beam of electrons to produce different signals from the surface of the specimen that can tell us about the object’s chemical makeup, texture, and the orientation and crystalline structure of the materials that compose the sample. They literally could see what elements the Starchild Skull was made of!

Rudy Olsen from Selee Labs examining the Starchild Skull

The scientists behind the SEM analysis were R. Olsen (Rudy) and M. Topolski. Here’s a little information on the excellence of the lab itself…

We strive for expertise not only in what we do, but first and foremost in what our customers do. That’s why our Customer Technical Support staff includes Masters and PhD level Metallurgical and Materials Engineers. – Selee Labs

After the report was finalized, Chase Kloetzke, lead investigator of the new Starchild Skull Investigation, discussed with Rudy Olsen what the results actually mean. We encourage you, however, to download and read the full report –Selee Results.

Bone Material

To put it all in plain English, the sample yielded the components and properties expected from bone material. Typical bones.

Yup, like the bones that encompass that big, beautiful brain belonging to…Albert Einstein. I’m sorry if you are disappointed but hang on! Coincidentally, he and the Starchild Skull also had something else actually interesting in common…can you guess? *Hint* It’s in our last blog post of an examination report.

“The atomic ratio of calcium to phosphorus is about the same as that for hydroxyapatite (chemical stoichiometry below), which is a compound similar to the primary material that makes up bone. Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2” -Starchild Skull Analysis         

Those Mysterious Fibers

There were no “fibers” or “other residue” detected by the newest, state of the art equipment and calibrations.

“We did not find any features that we could specifically define as fibers… ” – Starchild Skull Analysis

A possible explanation could be that the previous findings and fibers are not throughout the entire skull. This is conclusive because no fibers were found in this sample originating from the sample extraction from the superior skull.

Since the skull is well over 900 years old and has been exposed to an unknown quantity of environments, the “residue” and “fibers” could have been picked up anywhere. Additionally, the skull was lacquered, which contributes to a plausible explanation that dust and debris contaminated the bone before this painted coat of protection was applied. As bone is porous, the liquid lacquer could have embedded any dust or debris into the permeable existing regions.

Without a new and serious examination of the sample previously tested (the specimen which produced findings of fibers and a red residue), we just simply cannot conclude this or any other theory.

Selee Labs can indeed examine the sample in possession of the Starchild Project with the latest equipment and technology available, and may be able to individually test the exact fibers described in previous tests and claims. We will need that specific sample to conclusively and scientifically determine what was found earlier and have contacted the Starchild Project with this request: to re-test their sample yielding fibers and red residue.

What the NEW tests do prove: these fibers are not conclusive as extraordinary nor are they constituted or present throughout the skull.

We will update any news we hear from the Starchild Project.


After making a request for the original sample to retest, we are grateful to the members of the Starchild Project for passing along this important information:

“I too did SEM testing and could not find residue or fibers either.  (another member of the Starchild Project) has informed me that the samples used in the original SEM tests were either destroyed in the process or that they simply are not in our possession anymore.” – The Starchild Project


Issues. We’ve got issues.

  1. The Starchild Project conducted SEM testing as well, with similar results regarding the lack of residue and fibers. This lends additional credence to the conclusion that the fibers and residue are not comprehensively throughout the skull.
  2. The location and condition of the original sample that showed fibers and residue is unknown.  Here is where it is important to stress that during our new investigation, we are striving to utilize stringent investigative practices such as maintaining proper information protocols like showing chain of custody. It is unfortunate that such an important artifact has disappeared.  Without it, the claim that there exists rebar-like fibers within the bone is not a test that is repeatable, and therefore unprovable, as we are standing on our own research and not borrowing from others.
  3. The internet. Many “facts” are out there about the Starchild Skull.  We know. With a lot of questionable stuff. It’s part of the reason people can still mock the UFO believers in a world where you are increasingly not allowed to make fun of any other group. It’s also one of the reasons we made this blog. To show that we can question, and wonder, and investigate the mysterious using provable, repeatable scientific methods. There are a lot of Team Alien articles making wild deductions without backing it up with science like, “…the inner ear is also much larger. It suggests the skull is capable of hearing otherworldly, high frequency sounds.” (By the way, scientifically, a large inner ear causes a loss of high frequency hearing or complete hearing loss.) But, also from Team Human, having no first-hand knowledge of the complete scientific research being done, love to de-bunk every theory that the Skull could be anything but a hydrocephalic human. We are doing our best to be transparent to the public with our results and we hope to only get to the bottom of this mystery. In fact, I can already see places where the Wikipedia page can be amended! The problem is, most people only remember a couple of the most unusual tidbits of information like – “DNA proves it’s an alien hybrid!” which no one can conclusively prove without comparative DNA and those pesky fibers, of which, unfortunately, we cannot re-test. We do hope to conduct our own DNA testing…which brings us to issue #4.
  4. The Starchild Project. They are a multi-person corporation. This makes it logistically difficult to physically obtain a specimen, specifically, the maxilla  – which contains teeth which contain the most viable DNA needed to do a complete DNA analysis. We have put in a request to the Starchild Project to return the maxilla to the owner, Melanie Young, so that we can get the most advanced and modern DNA testing available. This is of utmost importance if we are to proceed! A new DNA test could detect Down Syndrome and other genetic disorders or something we’ve never seen before. Chase and I are beholden to no corporation, person, or outcome. We simply want to know the truth.

Unusual Findings

The only new and unusual findings were in the results from a high Mg/Si ratio (magnesium/silicon) found in the elemental tests. The lead analyst found this a rare and most puzzling outcome discovered by the testing. He recommended a look into the previous environments of the skull. He reported that this was a “talc-like” material.

“We noted there were several regions having high magnesium and silicon content. Figure 4 is a higher mag image of these particles and the surrounding region along with associated spot analyses. These particles have a Mg/Si ratio similar to talc (chemical stoichiometry below), possibly they are a trace mineral from the soil/matrix where the skull was originally found. They do not appear to be integrated into the bone structure.” – Starchild Skull Analysis

Say NO more!!!!!

This team is very aware of talc being used on the skull before testing because when the skull was molded, talc or baby powder was used to keep the bone from sticking to the molding material. Mystery solved!!

Interesting Morphology

The scientists examined the polished cross-sections of the posterior and superior bone samples and found unusual results that may be something for further research.

“Figure 5 is a macroscopic image of the posterior bone sample. It has several interesting morphological and microstructural features that a bone specialist may be able to comment on, but it is outside our field of expertise.” – Starchild Skull Analysis

Figure 5
Figure 6 (Magnification of dense area in fig. 5)

Noted Deposits

Specific mineral deposits were noted within the pores of the skull. These included: calcium and oxygen (possibly lime?), hydroxyapatite (no -not a trendy diet pill), and what we have concluded is common talc.

“We also noted a deposit within some of the pores that we analyzed further. Figure 7 is an image of this deposit from site B. We also analyzed some of the deposit in site C, shown in Figure 8, which was similar in composition to that in site B. The deposit looks like a collection of minerals.” – Starchild Skull Analysis

Figure 7
Figure 8

“Figure 9 is a macroscopic image of a cross-section of the superior bone sample. Microstructure looked generally similar to the posterior, but there could be slight differences that an expert might reveal. We also saw some similar deposits in pores as found in the posterior sample, as revealed in Figure 10. A general analysis of the chemistry again shows something relatively close to hydroxyapatite.” – Starchild Skull Analysis

Figure 9
Figure 10

Thank you, Selee Labs, for evaluating and testing this mysterious and anomalous skull specimen. Follow us on Facebook to discuss any of these results with us and others! And never forget that you and Einstein have at least one thing in common – Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2.