Humans

The human skeletons held here at the McGregor Museum are said to come from India (prior to the 1985 ban on the export of human remains) although even past curators are unsure of their origin. The subject of the origin of such remains was largely avoided when purchasing and it is believed that many of the models are the result of grave robbing. The shut down of this trade in 1985 has led to a black market in human bones out of India with large reputable institutions still conducting trade in this illegal market according to some investigative journalists. Until there is a pathway set up for voluntarily donating skeletons to science these real human skeletons are an invaluable resource to teaching institutions and digitising such assets ensures their use and maintenance for years to come.