College professor caught with human remains in his luggage at airport


Human skull (illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

A college professor was arrested on a charge of possession of human remains after customs agents found a human skull in his luggage, police in Italy said.

The college professor of Dusseldorf, Germany, was arrested as he was trying to board a flight at Terminal 1 of the Fiumicino airport in Rome.

Police said that the incident unfolded on Monday.

When asked what he was doing with the skull, the professor said that he bought at a market stall on Sunday, and intended to use it for scientific purposes.

He said that he paid 50 euros ($57) for the skull. Police described the skull as well polished, but without the lower jaw.

The man was charged with possession of human remains. The skull has been sent to the Scientific Police, who will try to determine its origin.