The skull of a young boy with a second imperfect skull attached to its anterior fontanelle. It was sent from Bengal, India in the late 1780s. It can be seen at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow (correction)
This deformed ribcage is that of a 23 year old woman who wore a corset. In cases like this, the tight lacing would result in the liver being compressed by the lower ribs and the heart and lungs being cramped into the upper thorax. From ‘The human body: A beginner’s text-book of anatomy, physiology and hygiene’ by H. Newell Martin, 1884.
This gnarly old black bear skull was quite the find ! My local taxidermist has him sitting on the shelf. He told me he had mounted that bear about 35 years ago, and was shocked to see this deformed skull! After all those years, he never sold it until I came along. I am honored to have this unique piece in my collection