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The general robusticity of the remains, especially the large supraorbital ridges, suggested male sex.
Discriminant function analysis of cranial measurements (Ousley and Jantz 1996) also suggested male sex.
The disarticulation suggested that the cranium and mandible were most likely skeletonized at the time of their immersion into the liquid plastic.
The plastic itself was potentially an important clue.
The skull and plastic were then sent to the FBI Laboratory to determine the composition of the matrix and to attempt to extricate and analyze the human remains.
, that so-bad-it-was-good teen drama about a bunch of middle/high school students who got into a ludicrous amount of trouble?Its chemical composition indicated that it was similar to the plastic used in kitchen countertops, not commonly sold to the public in the quantity that was used to encase the skull.The removal of the matrix proved to be quite a challenge.A disarticulated cranium and mandible partially encased in an extremely hard plastic material were discovered in a riverbed in Pennsylvania.Several traditional fossil-preparation methods were used to extract the fragile skull from the plastic.