DescriptionHUMAN SKULLS - MEDICAL ODDITIES
This Lot comprises two unique medical preparations displaying rare deformities found in the human skull. The smaller of the two specimens, despite its size and delicate structure, represents an adult individual. This interesting specimen exhibits facial distortion, dental malocclusion (misalignment), mandibular atrophy and bone disease, to name a few of the much present pathology. The braincase of the skull is flattened on top, suggesting brachycephaly and judging by the small mastoid process, may have belonged to a female. The most impressive aspect of this skull is its unusually small size (microcephaly), which may indicate dwarfism. The second specimen, on the other hand, is a robust and oversized skull, exhibiting abnormal elongation of the brain case (scaphocephaly) with sutures prematurely fused, most noticeably in the occipital region. A pair of holes are present on the top of the skull; one was drilled post mortem, indicating that this was at one time part of an articulated skeleton (the bone patina suggests a date circa late 1800's); the other, a circular depression, indicates a further abnormality of the individual. These two contrasting skulls demonstrate many of the severe conditions that exist in the field and are perfect to be placed in a forensic pathology collection, or ideal as a gift for the talented medical student. The smaller specimen measures 5¼ x 5 x 7¼ inches overall, with wired jaw. The larger measures 6 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 8¾ overall with a sprung jaw.
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