An anthropologist crashed into a human skull in the Halloween merchandise department of a Florida charity shop on Saturday. According to the store owner, the skull was purchased several years ago and was kept in the warehouse.
The anthropologist suspected that the skull was indeed human. The police were notified and the investigators also shared the same opinion. The discovery remains under investigation by police in North Fort Myers, about 160 miles northwest of Miami, and by the local medical examiner. The case is not considered suspicious.
No person may, under Florida law, knowingly offer for sale or sell any human organ or tissue, including human bones.
A similar find was also reported in Arizona in September. There, a human skull was found in a donation box at a branch of the American Goodwill charity stores. According to experts, it was a very old skull that was not associated with any crime.
The finds in a store in Arizona and Florida are of course surprising, but human skulls often teach anthropologists a thing or two about the evolution of humanity. For example, in 2019 scientists discovered an almost complete skull of 3.8 million years old in Ethiopia in Africa. An important find because the skull belonged to a species from which the first early humans emerged.
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