STARCHILD. The skull was carbon dated and estimated to be 900 years old & also appeared to be the skull of a child & rumors immediately began to circulate that it could be the skull of an alien being. The skull was dubbed “starchild”. Was this a deformity or perhaps the person buried there partook in the common Native American practice of head shaping or cradleboarding? A look at scientific evidence says that neither one of these scenarios are likely.