This top 8 list of mysterious and unexplained skull discoveries has some of the weirdest and strangest skeletons ever found around the world!
8. Ancient Dinosaur Fossil
A 100-million-year-old haul of dinosaur eggs and fossils from China and smuggled illegally into Australia was on Tuesday headed back to Beijing.
Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett handed over more than 1,653 pounds of dinosaur, mammal and reptile fossils, estimated to be worth millions of dollars, to Chinese ambassador Zhang Junsai in Canberra.
7. Atacama Alien Skeleton
In 2003, a very small skeleton was found with a very long head that ended in a point and missing ribs. Rumors spread and conspiracy theorists began shouting “Alien” from the rooftops. The remains were sold to a private collector in Spain and ended up in a documentary in 2013 as potential evidence for alien life.
6. Predator Becomes Prey
In the words of a Jedi Master, “there’s always a bigger fish”. But in this unique skeleton find, it was actually a somewhat small fish that caused the of three as it tried to attack something much bigger than itself.
5. Roopkund Skeletons
Ok, so the only thing more unsettling than finding one skeleton in an odd place is finding multiple skeletons in an odd place. Hundreds in fact! In 1942, the British heard a rumor that there were hundreds of Japanese soldiers who had died in Lake Roopkund in the Himalayas.
4. Skeleton Tree
During a storm in Ireland, a large birch tree was knocked over. It was quite a surprise when a human skeleton was found embedded in the mass of roots. Now, that’s weird enough. Researchers were called in and it turns out that under the 215 year-old tree was the skeleton of a young man between 17-20 years old. The bones were dated back to the medieval period between 1030 and 1200 AD.
3. Conehead Skeletons
There is an ancient fortified settlement in Russia that dates back to around 2-3,000 BC. Also known as the “Russian Stonehenge”, it is believed to be older than Stonehenge itself! Archaeologists have tried to find out who lived there, and more recently, a skull with an elongated cone shape was found at this site.
2. A Centaur
This one wasn’t really a “find”, but it’s still worth talking about. At the Tucson International Wildlife Museum, you’ll actually find a “skeleton” of a centaur. Yes, as in the creature from Greek Mythology. No, it’s not an actual centaur, but it’s there!
1. Vampire Skeleton
One of the other beautiful things about science is that it can debunk the existence of certain mythological creatures definitively. While it’s nice to believe in centaurs, human history is ripe with claims of dangerous mythological creatures living among us. Like…say…vampires?