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Skull collector Ray 'Bones' Bandar dies in San Francisco

In this Jan. 17, 2007 photo, biologist Ray "Bones" Bandar holds one of his 6,000 animal skulls in the basement of his home in San Francisco. Bandar, a retired high school science teacher has died. He was 90. Bandar died from congestive heart failure on Dec. 23, 2017, at his home. (Deanne Fitzmaurice /San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ray "Bones" Bandar, a retired high school science teacher who kept 6,000 animal skulls in his San Francisco home, has died. He was 90.

Faylene Bandar tells the San Francisco Chronicle that her uncle died from congestive heart failure on Dec. 23 at his home.

Bandar began stocking his home with bones when he and his wife bought it in 1965. His skull collection 1,700 California sea lions, 1,000 birds, 120 black bears, 24 breeds of dogs, 12 leopards, nine giraffes, six hippos and six rhinos.

Bandar also had 200 pelvises, a great white shark jaw, a monkey mummy and moose antlers he kept in a bathtub.

He provided displays to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, where he was a volunteer field associate for 60 years.