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AUSTIN, Tx. – An unusual discovery by an employee at a north Austin Goodwill grabbed the Austin police department’s attention.

Recycling takes on a whole new meaning at Goodwill Industries.

There are 31-stores and 40-donation centers in Austin making it easier for anyone wanting to donate anything and everything, and we do mean everything.

“We have gotten prosthetic limbs. We have gotten Rolex watches. We have gotten Krugerrands. Our donations run the gamut,” said Traci Berry with Goodwill Industries.

But a recent donation dropped off at the north Lamar Goodwill was unlike anything the folks here had ever seen before.

“We get so many donations, again it’s kind of like Christmas around here when you open a box or a bag. Oooh, what’s in it?” Berry said.

It was less like Christmas on July 16th and more like Halloween when a Goodwill employee sorting donations opened a container containing a human skull.

“As soon as we found it, we were like, that’s unusual,” Berry said.

Police say they have no idea when it was donated.

It could have been something that was kept by someone who was a student of Anthropology, a student of medicine, Dentistry, any of those things,” said Derek Israel with the Austin Police Department.

An online search reveals that anyone can buy a real human skull with the right amount of money.

Some of them go for as much as 2-thousand dollars apiece and most appear to have been used previously by medical schools.

The Travis County Medical Examiner told KVUE that the skull dropped off at the Goodwill appears to be that of an adult who died 2-years ago, but neither the sex nor cause of death are known.

The skull remains at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.