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The U.S. has a lot of laws around the possession and ownership of human skulls | Boing Boing

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the author of the New York Times bestseller Will My Feline Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions From Tiny Mortals About Death. And it’s from that very book that The Atlantic pulled this excerpt, which it published last tear.In “You Can’t Keep Your Parents’ Skulls,” Doughty explores the legal history and rationale that make it incredibly arduous to keep the skull of a dead member as a keepsake, even if the deceased had previously given you written consent to do so in a non-creepy way. And that’s how I learned such things as the states’ rights considerations of skullduggery:

In the United States, no federal law prevents owning, buying, or selling human remains, unless the remains are Native American. Otherwise, whether you’re able to sell or own human remains is decided by each individual state. At least 38 states have laws that should prevent the ……

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