The day was appropriately sultry and grimy the first time I got to thoroughly examine a real human skull; who's flesh once covered these bones the world may never know. The flea market vendor claims to be a medical assistant and explained that the sell of human skulls is legal if they're used for medical use only. He bought the one above for $200 from his teacher and is attempting to sell it for more (likely $600ish) on eBay.
The seller, in his cargo cut-off army camouflage pants, wife-beater, tats and thick south-eastern accent doesn't look anything like the picture of a medical assistant but when out in my colorful sundresses (hunting uniform) I don't look like a person with action figure collections that can nearly recite the 1986 "Transformers the Movie" either. You never know.
Instead of questioning further I relished an opportunity to examine the remains; turned it, felt the heft and texture, made a mental apology to whatever special person this was (one that never imagined his skull would end up here in front of your eyes- hopefully not a murderer), snap photos, and leave with a renewed appreciation for the unique wunderkammer wonderland that is Florida thrifting.
You never know what you're going to find.