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Human Bones Or Animal Bones? Here's How You Can Tell The Difference

Updated 6 Mar 2019 28.4k views12 items

If you ever stumble upon bones - and you're not an anthropologist, a veterinarian, or an archaeologist - it may be difficult to know if the remains you're looking at belong to an animal or to a human. While certain bones, such as bird bones, are easier to identify, some animal skeletons resemble those of humans. Scientists use animal bones as stand-ins for human bones in experiments. Fortunately, there are many ways to determine whether your yard is a crime scene, an archaeological jackpot, or the site of an animal graveyard.

Please note you should always report any questionable bones to the police to rule out the possibility of human remains.

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