-Size: 8"L x 5½"W x 8"H
-Species: Homo sapiens (“
-Notes: Cranial measurements taken by the Maxwell Museum suggest that this skull is likely of Polynesian heritage. The sagittal keel, parietal bossing, the broad, prominent basiooccipital, and the rocker jaw are all excellent for comparison purposes with skulls from other populations. The distinctive rocker jaw is curved along the inferior surface of the mandible with a much smaller section making contact with a plane surface than is found in the mandibles of other groups. The dental condition is extremely poor (only 12 of 32 teeth remain). There is evidence of periodontal disease as well as caries, antemortem fractures and antemortem tooth loss. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is modified because of the wide range of motion necessary for chewing with few teeth. The dental condition provides an example of TMJ modification resulting from tooth loss and unorthodox occlusion.
-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...