Ray Bandar

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Ray Bandar (1927-2017)[1] was a scientist, researcher, teacher, naturalist, and artist living in the San Francisco, California area. He had collected more than 7,000 bone specimens, primarily skulls, from animals across the world.[2] He was legally authorized to gather specimens under the permits of the California Academy of Sciences and his collection is eventually to be inherited by the Academy.[3]

From May–November 2014 the California Academy of Sciences had an exhibit named "Skulls". This exhibit displayed many skulls from the Ray Bandar collection as well as highlighting a bone cleaning technique using flesh eating beetles, and compared bones from various species to learn more about an animals’ history and their evolution and how environmental changes such as pollution and disease have affected them.[4]

He was the subject of the 30-minute documentary, "Ray Bandar: A Life With Skulls" (2006) by filmmaker Beth Cataldo.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/The-Bone-Collector-Ray-Bandar-who-has-2622427.php (author Patricia Yollin)and public television program KVIE Natural Heroes Ray Bandar,. A Life with Skulls #411.
  2. ^ Yollin, Patricia (2007-01-20). "The Bone Collector". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-25.
  3. ^ "A Man for All Skulls article on Bandar's work". California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2008-04-25.
  4. ^ Gereben, Janos. "Skulls head nifty Academy of Sciences show". San Francisco Examiner. The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (April 26, 2007). "REP PICKS". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-12-24.

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