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Our Languages May Have More in Common Than We Thought

New findings challenge long-held theories about languages forming independently

(Newser) - About 100 years ago, one of the founders of modern linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure, wrote that the relationship between the sounds we make and the concepts they signify are arbitrary. Many have long agreed. But now the inherent randomness of human language is being challenged by a large new study... More »

2 Sets of Feet Washed Ashore in Fiji; Now, a Head

Russian couple dismembered, perhaps by a missing chainsaw

(Newser) - New Zealanders Graeme and Jan Bickley were on vacation in Fiji, strolling on the popular Natadola Beach when Graeme noticed a package wrapped in green cloth not far from shore, reports the BBC . "I scrambled in and grabbed hold, it was very, very heavy," he says. "I... More »

Human Albinos in Malawi Hunted Like 'Animals'

Increase in murders by 'hunters' seeking 'magical' body parts has made situation dire

(Newser) - There are more cases of albinism in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else on Earth, per the Washington Post , and in Malawi, a violent sidebar to this phenomenon has emerged over the past year and a half. People there with the hereditary condition —marked by a reduction or faulty distribution... More »

Woman: Neighbor Secretly 'Sold Me Her Frozen Mother'

And for a bargain, too

(Newser) - A Goldsboro, NC, woman thought her neighbor only wanted to get rid of her freezer because she was moving out of state to be with her aging mother. After the discovery of body parts in the freezer, the truth appears to be a lot more complicated. The unidentified woman paid... More »

Woman Dealt Diseased Body Parts in Grisly Case

Her estranged husband will stand trial in April

(Newser) - A Detroit woman faces up to 10 months in prison for fraud after admitting to renting diseased body parts to researchers. Elizabeth Rathburn, 56—to be sentenced in July—also must pay $55,225 to the American Anesthesiology Association, whose researchers were told the body parts were clean, reports the... More »

Woman Goes to Carwash, Finds Utter Horror

In the form of a human face on the carwash floor

(Newser) - A Montana veterinarian who took a trip to the carwash in 2013 is now suing for medical expenses and damages for a find on the carwash's floor that she says has caused her tremendous trauma. Per Courthouse News Service , Kimberly Kriege brought her truck to a Livingston carwash on... More »

Human Leg Stolen in Los Angeles

The coroner's office is 'distressed'

(Newser) - Talk about a story with legs. News outlets are really running with it—but that's what happens when weird crimes are afoot. My News LA reports an investigation is ongoing after a human leg was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to a nonprofit that donates organs and tissue... More »

Child's Head Surfaces in Chicago Lagoon

Body parts belong to African-American child, aged 2 or 3: police

(Newser) - Police have found a head in the Chicago lagoon that yielded a toddler's feet and hands over the weekend. Authorities now say the remains belong to an African-American child, aged 2 or 3. The cause of death is not yet clear as the body parts were found in an... More »

20-Year-Old Body Parts Found in Police Station

As many as 100 body parts found in locked room in Indian city of Unnao

(Newser) - While cleaning part of a police station in the Indian city of Unnao last week, workers found bags of human remains inside a room that had long been locked—and the body parts are likely two decades old or more. A superintendent of police tells CNN that the room was... More »

Man Busted After Body Parts Found in Suitcase on SF Sidewalk

Mark Andrus, 59, arrested for murder

(Newser) - A 59-year-old man has been arrested in a particularly grisly murder: a suitcase full of body parts was found on a San Francisco sidewalk earlier this week. The arrest followed a call on a tip line, CNN reports. Police arrested Andrus at a city apartment building. He's something of... More »

'Gruesome' Suitcase of Body Parts Left on Busy SF Street

Police say a suspect is identified in case

(Newser) - Police responding to a call about a suspicious package on a downtown San Francisco street yesterday found what a spokeswoman calls "an extremely gruesome crime scene." Next to a pile of garbage and debris, a rolling suitcase held dismembered human body parts, police say, per the San Francisco ... More »

Thailand: US Man Tried to Mail Baby's Skull to Vegas

Unnamed American hasn't been charged with any crime

(Newser) - Upon questioning, a US tourist told Thai police he'd made a gruesome purchase at a flea market: He claimed to have obtained a baby's skull, heart, and foot along with tattooed skin for $100, police say. The unnamed man allegedly tried to ship the body parts to the... More »

Australia Rattled by Highly Gruesome Murder-Suicide

Chef reportedly murdered transgender mate, cooked her, then committed suicide

(Newser) - Residents of a suburban apartment complex in Brisbane, Australia, had recently complained of the foul smell of "rotting meat" or "dog food" emanating throughout the building, but no one suspected what was apparently causing the odor: the boiling remains of a woman reportedly murdered by her chef lover.... More »

Young Couple Arrested After Mother Found in Suitcase

Heather Mack suspected in mother's death

(Newser) - It's no secret that Heather Mack, the 19-year-old daughter of the late jazz composer James Mack, didn't get along with her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack. And now that her mother's body has been found in a bloodied suitcase in Bali, Mack has been arrested along with her... More »

5 Body Parts You Didn't Know You Had

From the auriculares to the philtrum

(Newser) - Considering that we live in our bodies day in and day out, it's perhaps surprising that we don't know all that much about them. LiveScience seeks to inform, offering up 10 "little-known" body parts. A sampling:
  1. The auriculares: We all have this group of muscles, but only
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Arrest Finally Made in Hollywood Sign Severed Head Case

Victim's former roommate, partner charged with murder

(Newser) - Police made a long-awaited arrest over a murder scene that unfolded at the iconic Hollywood sign. In January 2012, two women walking their dogs in Los Angeles' Griffith Park made a morbid discovery: a human head; more body parts were eventually found . Now, 38-year-old Gabriel Campos Martinez has been arrested... More »

Victim's Mother the Suspect in Mich. Body Parts Mystery

Cops believe Donna Kay Scrivo killed, dismembered son

(Newser) - A horrific twist in the already horrific case of bags of body parts dumped on a Michigan highway : Police now believe the person who murdered and dismembered 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo was the victim's own mother, the Detroit Free Press reports. Donna Kay Scrivo, who had been staying with her... More »

Found on Michigan Highway: 5 Bags of Body Parts

Investigators have labeled case a homicide

(Newser) - Michigan police are investigating a gruesome discovery made on a highway just outside of Detroit yesterday: five bags containing human body parts. Police were reportedly called to the scene when a passerby contacted them after looking inside the garbage bags and finding human remains inside, including a head and a... More »

Body Parts Fall From Sky in Saudi Arabia

May be remains of person stuck in plane landing gear

(Newser) - Body parts fell from the sky in Saudi Arabia yesterday, and no, this is not the plot of a horror movie. A witness in Jeddah reported the falling remains to police, AFP reports, and officials think they could be what's left of someone who got trapped in an airplane'... More »

New Body Part Discovered

Belgium surgeons confirm the existence of the knee's anterolateral ligament

(Newser) - Two Belgian surgeons have discovered a new body part—though there's potentially a 3% chance you don't actually have it. In a paper published in the Journal of Anatomy , they confirm the existence of the knee's anterolateral ligament. They were far from the first to speculate on... More »

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