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post #11 of 32 Old 11-18-2006, 02:22 PM
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I have a friend whose father is an Anthropologist and he's got skulls all over the house. Lots of times, skulls used for science are replicas of the real ones. I've seen him make a few casts of skulls out of real ones. The real skulls he has are VERY old and are extremely delicate so they are more for show and to display, not to be handled. So many medical schools don't use real ones to teach with; however, it is nice to have a few real ones, for autenticity, but the fake ones are just as useful and look pretty real.

Sorry about ranting on about nothing... But even through Ebay there's no way to tell if that's actually a real skull, unless you know a good deal yourself, or bring it to an Anthropologist.

There's nothing wrong with owning a skull, even if you're not using it for scientific purposes, in my opinion.
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post #12 of 32 Old 11-18-2006, 07:29 PM
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theres nothing wrong with owen skulls unless you a freaken killer :D lol haha then its nuts
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post #13 of 32 Old 11-18-2006, 08:44 PM
In a fish tank??

That would be...odd, to say the least.
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post #14 of 32 Old 11-18-2006, 09:01 PM
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Ok, 2 points I haven't seen mentioned yet... first of all, how legal is it to buy or sell body parts? Most places I can imagine would have laws against that.
Beyond legal, is anyone here aware of what human bone consists of and the kinds of chemicals that are used in the medical schools? Bone, like it or not, will still decay, especially in water. As it decomposes, what is it doing to your water quality and the fish that rely on it?
The things to think about are the bone marrow that remains, any membranes that may be in tact over the bone itself... you're looking at heavy nitrate buildup, ammonia issues, which means nitrite as things are broken down, calcium content, phosphate, and many other issues due to the contents of bone substance. Think about this a sec... when a fish dies in the tank, is not removed... rots down to the bones, what happens to the bones if you don't take them out? Now, imagine what something the size of a human skull will turn into?
Besides finding this absolutely disgusting in nature, I'm sure it can't be legal, and would be very very dangerous to any animals in the tank.
Not everything that happens on Ebay is legal.

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Ok, 2 points I haven't seen mentioned yet... first of all, how legal is it to buy or sell body parts? Most places I can imagine would have laws against that.
Beyond legal, is anyone here aware of what human bone consists of and the kinds of chemicals that are used in the medical schools? Bone, like it or not, will still decay, especially in water. As it decomposes, what is it doing to your water quality and the fish that rely on it?
The things to think about are the bone marrow that remains, any membranes that may be in tact over the bone itself... you're looking at heavy nitrate buildup, ammonia issues, which means nitrite as things are broken down, calcium content, phosphate, and many other issues due to the contents of bone substance. Think about this a sec... when a fish dies in the tank, is not removed... rots down to the bones, what happens to the bones if you don't take them out? Now, imagine what something the size of a human skull will turn into?
Besides finding this absolutely disgusting in nature, I'm sure it can't be legal, and would be very very dangerous to any animals in the tank.
Not everything that happens on Ebay is legal.
So you wouldn't be interested in putting it in your tank, then?
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post #16 of 32 Old 11-19-2006, 12:55 AM
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I don't think any of us were THAT serious about putting a real skull into our aquarium anyway, at least I hope not.

But it's perfectly legal to buy and sell skulls pretty much anywhere I believe, don't know about other kinds of body parts though.

http://www.bmezine.com/skulls/
http://www.skullsunlimited.com/

They sell real ones and replicas.
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post #17 of 32 Old 11-19-2006, 04:05 AM
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I did some checking, and here in Wisconsin it is not legal. Simply because something is for sale online doesn't make it legal everywhere.
I am hoping nobody was serious about putting one into their tank, but I felt I should cover the bases of "why not" just in case anyone actually would consider it. That would not be a good idea for a fish tank.

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post #18 of 32 Old 11-19-2006, 10:57 AM
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Not legal to buy skulls? Or do you mean any kind of human body part.
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post #19 of 32 Old 11-19-2006, 02:45 PM
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Human body parts, overall, is not legal around here to sell or to buy. There is a huge fine you can be charged with if caught with one, and if caught selling one... there is even jail time.
This includes skulls!

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post #20 of 32 Old 11-19-2006, 02:55 PM
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You must be able to obtain a license of some sort. Especially if you're studying Anthropology or just have an interest in collecting different types of skulls.
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