Suspicious skulls await further identifications
Updated: 2006-04-04 10:40 Gansu police denied a professor's claim that 121
skulls recently found were human remains, the Beijing News reported. Police in
the northwestern province said they are waiting for results of further
identifications, which will involve DNA tests, to determine whether these skulls
found last Monday were that of monkeys or of human beings.
A total of
121 skulls whose tops had been sawn off were
discovered last week in a forest in Northwest China's Gansu Province. DNA
tests are underway to work out if the skulls belong to human
being. The skulls were first thought to be
monkeys, but a local professor held a suspicion that they belong to human
being as he had found plastic teeth in a jaw of one of the skulls.
[Lanzhou Morning Post]
life science professor at Lanzhou University in Lanzhou, Gansu's provincial
capital, said they were human as plastic teeth were found in a jaw of one of the
The tops of the skulls were sawn off before they were discovered. Liu said
the skulls were sawn not long ago. The professor also said they were from young
and old people, as well as men and women.
The police are still investigating into the cruel case and no civil
identification is reliable until the provincial police department releases an
official report, a police officer said after he had attended a conference held
by the department on the case on Saturday.
A herdsman found the 121 skulls in a forest in Tanshanling Town of the Tibet
Autonomous County in Tianzhu last Monday. The forest is on the border between
Gansu and Qinghai. The skulls were first thought to be monkeys.