Vintage boxed real human partial medical skeleton in excellent condition.
This is a very nice example of a real human medical skeleton. From the box and the condition of the bones it appears to be an early 20th Century example.
Within the box is a complete half human skeleton including the skull, spine, all the ribs, sternum, clavicle, scapula, half pelvis, femur, tibia, fibula, patella, bones of the foot, humerus, radius, ulna, and bones of the hand. Overall the condition of the skeletal parts is excellent. All the bones of the hand and foot are intact and strung together with the original waxed thread.
An interesting thing with this skeleton is that the spine, T3, 4 and 5 have fused as can be seen in the photos. This must have severely limited the mobility of the spine in life. The vertebrae are all in place and threaded on nylon line. There is slight discolouration on C3 and 4.
The skull is also in excellent condition just missing two of the teeth. The original brass springs and hooks are in place to articulate the jaw and hold the cranium in place. It appears that there have been two sections of the bone removed inside the eye sockets to expose the sphenoid and ethmoid sinus cavities. There are pencil annotations on the skull and inside the cranium. From the photos you can also see that both styloid process are intact.
Overall this is great specimen and in excellent condition with some interesting features.