Alien skulls: You have to be a rock head to find them

This story is GREAT. It illustrates that amateurs can make some huge gaffs. Ask the experts first before assuming something completely preposterous.

UFO: Missouri witness reports unidentified entity skull finding

A Missouri witness reports finding a skull of an unidentified entity according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database. The witness filed their report on 6 May 2012.

“There’s not a hole lot I can say about this. I found it in a creek.”

“I have this in my home and want to have it checked for DNA.”

“I’ve had it a couple of years and would love to find out once and for all if its a real alien skull or just a cool looking rock. My opinion is that it looks like a real skull.”


Tip: CFI’s Morning Heresy

MUFON skull on left, real skull on right

Love the “hole” lot he can say about it…

Take it from a geologist. It’s a rock (left). Missouri has limestone which is exactly what this looks like – eroded limestone which often has holes, pits and rounded surfaces. The yellowish color is clay – an end product of limestone weathering (breakdown of the rock by water, time, erosion). Try searching “holey limestone” on Google image search. You get lots of this.

Source: aquarist-classifieds.co.uk

Fish love them.

Source: holeyrockoftexas.com

If it looks like a rock, it’s probably not an alien skull. But this is actually a quite common claim. Iron concretions have been mistaken for ancient human remains. I’ll show you why. I have an alien skull in my own possession. Wanna see?

Photo: Sharon Hill

THIS, my friends, is an ALIEN SKULL! Yeah, mine rocks. Literally! (It was found in a coal mine.)

Somedays, I pity MUFON for having to take such a report. In fact, most days I do.

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  5 comments for “Alien skulls: You have to be a rock head to find them

  1. Fastmover01
    May 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    *facepalm*

  2. snoma
    May 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    ALIEN SKULL! So Indy 4 was actually a documentary?! Holy cripes on toast!

  3. Massachusetts
    May 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Good story, good points made, interesting rocks. But one caveat: let’s be fair to the guy, remember he was asking for help figuring out what he had, not making an extraordinary claim.

  4. Massachusetts
    May 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Interesting, though, that he automatically thought alien skull and not dinosaur skull or something more in line with natural history. Science education definitely goes a long way.

  5. Brian Hart
    May 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    The Independent Investigations Group (IIG) took a look at one of these “Alien” skulls a few years ago. Our archaeologist member, Sherri Andrews, immediately recognized it as a rock that had been bored out by a clam. Yes, a clam!
    You can see our full report here:
    http://iigwest.org/investigations/2004/20040212_alienskull.html

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