Very unusual, antique real human partial skull medical specimen showing scaphocephaly / dolichocephaly


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This is a nice early example of a medically prepared real human skull. Unfortunately, as you can see, the mandible has become separated from the skull over the years and is now missing. 

I would estimate that this skull is a very early 20th century example and as you can see, there has been a bit of damage over the years. The top of the occipital bone is missing above the cut for the cranium and both the zygomatic arches have been damaged. There is also a hairline crack running part way across the cranium although this is not loose. 

This skull is unusual as it clearly shows dolichocephaly / scaphocephaly. This is "a type of cephalic disorder which occurs when there is a premature fusion of the sagittal suture. The sagittal suture joins together the two parietal bones of skull. Scaphocephaly is the most common of the craniosynostosis conditions and is characterised by a long, narrow head." The absence of a clear sagittal suture is clear in this skull as it the elongated shape.

An old, interesting an unusual medical skull.

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