A father and his 9-year-old son out hiking in a mountainous region in the western United States stumbled upon an unexpected and unsettling find when they peered into a small canyon.
He explains that they looked around the area further — didn’t move the skull and were not able to look under it — and didn’t find any more evidence.
But as with everything posted on reddit, it can’t necessarily be guaranteed to be real and some redditors too question the validity of the skull, namely its cracks and color.
The redditor kittybearcub, for example, wrote that the chip in the skull above the brow line indicated it could be made of plaster. But kittybearcub acknowledged fibers in the crown could indicate that it is legitimate. Others believe the very white color of the bone might point to it being a fake as well.
Cannonflake said it was not a fake and posted a second picture taken with his phone’s flash off to try and provide a more true-to-life color.
Alternatively, others pointed out evidence leading them to think it’s very real.
Cannonflake wrote that he has gotten law enforcement involved and that he’ll update the thread if any new information comes about.
He also responded to some redditors who were concerned about his son’s mental state over such a find, saying he doesn’t seem to fully understand what they might have found given his age.
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Update: cannonflake reached out to us via email writing that a forensics team had identified the skull as older than originally thought and potentially belonging to a person who was of Native American descent. The skull was sent to an anthropology department for further review. If Native American, cannonflake wrote it would be given to a tribe for burial.
Investigators did not find any other items near the site.
This story has been updated to also correct that the cannonflake is a dad, not a mom as we originally reported.