Size: 8 ½"L x 5"W x 6"H
-Species: Homo sapiens (“
-Notes: This is an excellent example of a skull from an Asian individual with a metopic suture. A metopic suture is the union point for the two halves of the frontal bone that fuse during skeletal development and is usually obliterated (completely fused with no trace of the suture) by the age of 6. However it is not unusual to find this suture in adults.
Ancestry assessment can be difficult to assess, however there are certain skull features that can point to an ancestral group. The cheekbones of this skull are wide, the palate has a somewhat rounded shape, the incisors in the upper jaw are prominently shovel-shaped, and there is no edge-on-edge incisal bite. Another interesting feature of this skull is a button osteoma of the left maxilla, next to the lower part of the nasal aperture.
-Size: 7¾"L x 5¼"W x 5½"H -Species: Homo sapiens (“Wise Man”) -Notes: This female skull from Bolivia, reported to be 1200 years old, is of interest to physical anthropologists as well as to paleopathologists. In addition to showing trephination, the skull also exhibits cranial deformation (elongation due to being bound). The skull...
-Size: 10½"L x 5½"W x 9½"H -Species: Homo sapiens (“Wise Man”) -Notes: This extraordinary trauma skull was found exposed by road equipment on a ranch in Chama, New Mexico. The skeleton was destroyed, but the skull and artifact remained in place and intact. The ax head is consistent with material culture of...
-Size: 8"L x 6"W x 8"H -Species: Homo sapiens (“Wise Man”) -Notes: Aged somewhere between 72 AD and 472 AD, this skull was unearthed near the Coliseum in Rome, Italy. This skull is from a formal grave yard for known coliseum gladiators. Experts infer from the skull, that the individual was a...