A German professor found himself in some hot water on April 4 after airport security found a human skull in his luggage. The human remains were discovered at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, according to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.
When asked how he came into possession of the skull, the professor said he bought it from a market stall in Rome on Sunday, and planned to use it for scientific reasons. He said it cost €50 and described it as being “well polished, but without its lower jaw.”
The man, who was set to board a flight to Dusseldorf, seemed unaware of the implications of his purchase. Border police later charged him for illegal possession of human remains and the skull was sent to Italy’s Scientific Police (Polizia Scientifica) to determine its origin.