Osteology is the scientific study of bones. Studying bones is an important aspect of many scientific fields including anthropology, archeology, forensics, and medicine. An osteologist is a person who studies bones. Studying the morphology of bones can reveal information about age, sex, and development. Therefore, osteology has a number of practical applications. For example, forensic scientists study bones to identify victims of crime, and archaeologists study bones to learn about early humans and animals.
Individuals who buy real human skulls are typically artists, collectors, or medical professionals such as dentists and doctors. Collectors form a small and tightly-knit community and there are a number of artists who use real human remains to create elaborate works. Occasionally, international buyers also place orders for human bones. Institutional purchasers include universities, organizations that train police dogs to search for cadavers, museums, and organizations involved in medical research. For example, one field that makes use of dry natural human bone is dental implantology. Dental implantology researchers design and test methods for securing individual prosthetic teeth to the human jaw.
One way to obtain a real human skull is to ask around. A lot of the real human skulls on the market today came from doctors, teachers, or family members who for one reason or another owned one of these antiques. Another method is to check your local listings as oftentimes oddities shops or flea markets may have a rare find in their collection. In general, it is legal to possess, purchase, and sell human bones in the United States as long as they are not intended for clinical treatment, such as transplantation. Some states have criminalized the purchase or sale, but not the possession of human bones, so it is best to check your state and local laws before ordering.
You might succeed in finding animal bones by looking around the nature where you live. Many of today’s collectors became enthusiasts after encountering animal remains in the wild. Visit your nearby science or nature museum to take a closer look at some specimens and learn about your local fauna. Animal bones tend to stay in fairly high circulation and, as is the case with human bones, there is a plethora of information both online and offline that will help you identify and obtain the specimen of your choice.
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