A school in Haydock, Merseyside, today held a funeral for the school’s lab skeleton having discovered after 50 years that the bones were real.
Arthur, as he was affectionately known, was laid to rest after staff noticed he was beginning to change colour while stored in a cupboard.
He had originally been used as a skeleton in the school’s science department, but eventually found his way to Haydock High School’s art department to be used for anatomical sketches.
But having been replaced by a plastic model, Arthur was surplus to requirements. The school’s art technician found Arthur and said he looked “rather worse for wear” with “yellowing honeycomb bones”.
Following testing the discolouration of the bones was confirmed to be a result of actual decay, and Athur was revealed to be a small Asian man aged between 25 and 30 with a curvature of the spine.
He was likely brought to Britain during a period of skeleton trading between England and India decades ago.
The school was forced to give him a proper burial as under British law it is illegal to dispose of human bones in any other way.
The technician who found Arthur, Sandra Dixon, said on his burial in a wicker casket:
It gives him the send off he deserves for all his years of service.”Advertisement
Very respectful, but why has no one answered why he was missing three pretty key limbs?