Mystery bone photos at Treehugger


46 Responses to “Mystery bone photos at Treehugger”

  1. Antinous says:

    let’s be realistic here.

    majikal thinking. ur doing it rong.

  2. Takuan says:

    magic deer

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  4. Itsumishi says:

    Clearly Skuzzlebut
    That rock is obscuring Patrick Duffy’s head.

  5. guitman says:


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  7. Icky Bob says:

    its a ‘squatch!

  8. Maurik says:

    As you can tell by the femur it’s obviously human.


  9. nerdkiller says:


  10. Arcadian says:

    I agree with Takuan. Those vertebrae make me think deer, too.

  11. Burns! says:

    Bigfoot. Duh!

  12. The Life Of Bryan says:

    Bounced it off a rather knowledgeable friend of mine (the link, not the skeleton)… she says “White tailed deer, the hip bones give it away.”

  13. vidadelvino says:

    It’s a fricking narwhal, natch.
    I can’t believe we are still discussing this!

  14. HorsePunchKid says:

    I came across a skeleton recently. I’m thinking it was an opossum. I’m sure a mammologist could easily identify it by the pelvis or teeth.

  15. jazminecat says:

    not human. the pelvis is not a human pelvis. maybe it’s unicorn.

  16. Hans says:

    Wow a chance to apply my zooarchaeological training!

    My conclusions: (i) It is an artiodactyl, and (ii) someone may have deliberately arranged the bones.

    Most of the bones need a much more detailed image to be identifiable (other than maybe “terrestrial mammal”). However the bone which is partially obscured by the rock is a metapodial of an artiodactyl (the last image on the link is clearer).

    There are notably many bones missing. There are no femurs, humeri, radii, or ulnas, and only half of the innominate. In addition, most of the verts, most of the metapodials, one of the tibias and phalanges are missing.

    The arrangement is very curious; the arrangement is roughly anatomical, however the scapulas are both facing the wrong way (heads in), the verts are unarticulated but in a line. My best guess is that scavengers carried off parts of this fellow, and then someone came along and arranged the bones. I would not have expected the degree of arrangement found here if the animal had been scavenged.

  17. Guysmiley says:

    Probably a mule or black-tailed deer. I don’t think you’ll find whitetails in Oregon.

  18. Registrado says:

    Based on Takuan, Arcadian, and The Life Of Bryan, I’d say that police need to be on the lookout for an antelope in the area, known to be an accomplice of the victim (“play” was apparently just a setup).

  19. strider_mt2k says:

    Swamp gas?

    Oh no that’s me.


  20. Guysmiley says:

    Mule DEER that is.

  21. Dan says:

    Polar bear?

  22. Sam says:


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  25. Hans says:

    Minor correction to my post; there is one ulna visible (upper right, beneath the scapula).

  26. can being karaoke says:

    this can haz Blair Witch write all over it

  27. stratojoe says:

    I for one welcome our new skeleton overlyeah whatever. Will this day ever END?

  28. travispulley says:

    Perhaps you remember the human skull found near m.falls just over a year ago:

  29. aileinduinn says:

    Scapulae and hip bones indicate cervid ungulate.

    Its some kind of deer.

  30. cjboffoli says:

    Alas! Poor Yorrick. I knew him, Horatio.

  31. Fnarf says:

    OK, Alan, where’s this “wife” you claim you had with you before you “found” the bones?

  32. noen says:

    It are photoshopped. I can tell by the pixels.

  33. Bionicrat2 says:

    Every white tailed deer that I’ve seen had a head.

  34. Stefan Jones says:

    #23: Coyotes steal the skulls to decorate their dens.

  35. redandjonny says:

    Its DB Cooper!

  36. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    Ohhh, so that’s where I left the body…

  37. tjvigil66 says:

    I’ve seen this before. It’s a two-headed sasquatch that is usually found only in the remote regions of the Himalayas. they are migratory and they don’t have any heads… just like this skeleton! Don’t ask me why they are called “two-headed” when they don’t have heads. They just are!

  38. Takuan says:

    so what did you do with the head?

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  41. macisaguy says:

    If these bones were on LOST you’d have at least a hundred responses, 99% of which would involve time travel.

    With that said, I’m jumping on board with Dan and saying Polar Bear.

  42. SpotWeld says:

    Maybe a hunter got tired/lazy and cut down his kill so he had less to carry? The limbs would be the meatier portions of the carcass, and the head would be saved as a trophy?

  43. ST says:

    In my experience whenever mysterious bones are found in the woods they are almost always either the remains of a previously unknown to science form of life (often a Big Foot but sometimes a run of the mill Chupacabra) or they are the remains of a person who disappeared under circumstances most mysterious and foul.

    Whatever the case there’s no way it’s a deer. I mean, come on… let’s be realistic here.

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