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    Skulls

    One of the other threads that I was participating in talked about skulls.

    Anybody know of any good sites that I can purchase various human/animal skulls from? Something that looks realistic, but won't charge me an arm-and-a-leg for one.

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    The best selection and prices for human skull and skeleton replicas is the Anatomical Chart Company. For animals, try Bone Clones.


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    You can also get the skulls of commonly-hunted animals on eBay, and it's usually a lot cheaper than replicas. I believe I paid $10 for a weasel skull.

    Of course, it's about the size of a walnut.

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    Yeah - I've bought quite a few animal skulls from ebay. There was a store in Berkeley called The Bone Room for a long time where I would get a few skulls. Skullduggery has nice fossil replicas.

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    I know this is a luxury for most, but wander through the woods, old barns, pastures, prairies, and what not, tons of various skulls picked completely clean by nature and bleached by the sun.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, all! I think that I'll try eBay first.

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    "You interest me very much, Mr. Holmes. I had hardly expected so dolichocephalic a skull or such well-marked supra-orbital development... A cast of your skull, sir, until the original is available, would be an ornament to any anthropological museum. It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull."
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    I know this is a luxury for most, but wander through the woods, old barns, pastures, prairies, and what not, tons of various skulls picked completely clean by nature and bleached by the sun.
    Reminds me of the fun they get up to at the SV-POW and Tetrapod Zoology blogs. I guess a warning about pics of dissection and decomposition would go well here. I haven't plucked up the courage - or bought the nose-plugs - to follow suit, yet.

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    its sketchy on the anatomical end and its a seasonal item but biglots sells decorational skulls around halloween.
    http://hauntedhotsauce.blogspot.com/...-big-lots.html

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    It's a shame, there used to be a plastic model kit skull that was sold under several different brands (Testors, Revell, and Monogram, I believe), that was the standard art student skull, cheap and readily available. If you learn to recognize it, you'll see it over and over again in illustrations from the 60s to the 80s.


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    Quote Originally Posted by That fat kid View Post
    I know this is a luxury for most, but wander through the woods, old barns, pastures, prairies, and what not, tons of various skulls picked completely clean by nature and bleached by the sun.
    Yep - I bet I have 50 skulls I've found while hiking...helps livin' in the country!
    Also helps knowing where deer will cross a highway...

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    Elwell... that's exactly the skull that my instructor uses. She got it from a Halloween about 20 - 30 years ago. Highly realistic cheap plastic skull. Her husband, who is a fantastic painter, painted it to look like it was unearthed from the ground. Very realistic.

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    dickblick art has a human skull for a fair price. im not sure how good or accurate it is since i dont have it but they do sell it. Im really interested in picking up some small dinosaur skeletons but they have been very hard to locate. I know there used to be a national geographic store in the mall that likely would have had it but the store did not survive. The next time i visit the museum of science gift shop i will have to check there. sometimes they carry stuff like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    The best selection and prices for human skull and skeleton replicas is the Anatomical Chart Company. For animals, try Bone Clones.
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    I know this is a luxury for most, but wander through the woods, old barns, pastures, prairies, and what not, tons of various skulls picked completely clean by nature and bleached by the sun.
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    That reminds me -- I have a fossilized oreodont skull (it's a primitive pig-like animal) that wasn't expensive. Got it at a rock shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    As for human skulls, I know a friend who borrowed a real baby skull from the science department of our college, which might be an option for you if you're in education and don't mind not keeping it.
    And this reminds me, that I do know that our local natural history museum allowed a student to enter their "archives" (all their non-used bones) to draw all the horse skulls and horse related animal skulls stored there, so if you have a museum near you, asking probably doesn't hurt.

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    Oh yeah, I forgot about that option Tiny. I've borrowed skulls and entire, articulated (put together) small animal skeletons from the wildlife museum. Colleges of course have great collections too. A friend of mine was quite well known for sculpting alien skulls, which were gorgeous (Joel Hagen - hasn't done them in years though).

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