And here’s the kicker: The tops of their skulls were sawed off. Forensics experts are now trying to determine whether they are human or monkey skulls, but the unlinkable South China Morning Post story makes it seem like there is little doubt that these skulls are human, and that these humans died not too long ago.
A source from Gansu’s Public Security Department’s criminal investigation division said if the skulls are indeed proven to be human — results are expected “in weeks” — it would be “a very big case, unheard of in the republic’s history.” The source said a criminal investigation will occur even if the skulls belonged to monkeys.
A local zoology professor, Liu Naifa, who examined the skulls is certain they are human — “men and women, old and young”:
According to Professor Liu, he identified one skull as belonging to a man of prime years, saying the man had a worn tooth from eating too many sunflower seeds.
Professor Liu told local media that the saw marks were recent, despite the skulls being of different ages. Their cause of death was unknown, but was probably unrelated to the sawing of the skulls.
The skulls, some reportedly still retaining hair and moustaches, were discovered in seven loose plastic bags scattered on a remote river bank in the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture last Monday.
Also found at the scene were false teeth and a saw that initial investigations suggest matches the saw marks on the skulls.
The story gives no mention of who discovered the skulls.
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400 Chinese students hospitalized with unknown flu (AFX)
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