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Frequently Asked Questions

What is osteology?

Osteology is the scientific study of bones, an important aspect of many scientific fields including anthropology, archeology, forensics, and medicine. Studying the morphology of bones can reveal information about age, sex, and development, which is why osteology has a variety 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. 

Who needs bones?

Our customers come from a number of different fields, including artists, collectors, and medical professionals such as dentists or doctors. Other customers include universities, museums, medical researchers, and organizations that train police dogs to search for cadavers. There are also a number of artists who use real human remains to create elaborate works. 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.

What is the best way of obtaining a real human skull, and is it legal?

A lot of the real human skulls on the market today come from doctors, teachers, or family members who own one of these antiques. There are a number of local brick-and-mortar oddities shops or flea markets across the country that have unique and rare collections. 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. Laws differ by state, and some states have criminalized the purchase or sale, but not the possession of human bones.

Where can I get animal bones?

The variety of bones in the animal kingdom is a gift for educators and collectors. Many people develop a fascination after encountering animals and 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 learn about the various kinds of bones.

Why Osteology Warehouse?

We pride ourselves on providing customers with quality products and excellent customer service. Since our store first opened, we have received numerous positive feedback from dozens of satisfied customers. We always encourage customers and prospective customers to contact us at any time to ask questions, share their stories, and leave us feedback on how to improve!

Can I request a certain bone not listed on your website?

If you need a specific type of bone that is not listed on our website, please reach out to us directly to inquire about pricing and how long it would take to fill such an order. We are always happy to help and have in the past fulfilled custom orders large and small within a reasonable price and time frame.