Why is the Starchild so Important?
This is such a wierd looking skull, it desereved a scientific explaination.
When I first saw this little skull all I could think was: “How did you live with all these deformities?” To find out this question it had to be done through science.
This skull looked to have the same biological bone as that of normal bone, so it made me think that this was a human skull with some genetic deformity. I had to know what the scientific community has to say about it. Maybe they could find some major medical uses from the DNA results. The DNA from this skull could tell us what caused all the deformities we see in this little skull.
The only way to get all the answers is through DNA testing. The DNA could possibly tell us what caused this little skull to be so deformed yet live five years. Since this little skull has been in my possession I have never made any wild claims as to what it was or where it came from. I knew the only way to find the answer was through the scientific method:
The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Does this mean all scientists follow exactly this process? No. Some areas of science can be more easily tested than others. For example, scientists studying how stars change as they age or how dinosaurs digested their food cannot fast-forward a star's life by a million years or run medical exams on feeding dinosaurs to test their hypotheses. When direct experimentation is not possible, scientists modify the scientific method. In fact, there are probably as many versions of the scientific method as there are scientists! But even when modified, the goal remains the same: to discover cause and effect relationships by asking questions, carefully gathering and examining the evidence, and seeing if all the available information can be combined in to a logical answer.
Even though we show the scientific method as a series of steps, keep in mind that new information or thinking might cause a scientist to back up and repeat steps at any point during the process. A process like the scientific method that involves such backing up and repeating is called an iterative process.
Whether you are doing a science fair project, a classroom science activity, independent research, or any other hands-on science inquiry understanding the steps of the scientific method will help you focus your scientific question and work through your observations and data to answer the question as well as possible.