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I am curious do you know what decalcifying is exactly and how its done? and is it possible for a person's skull to be decalcified

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Hi Tony
Calcium is removed from bone by am increase in the activity of cells called Osteoclasts and the opposite reactions depend upon Osteoblasts Normally there is a balance between this activity.
When there is a lack of calcium intake or an abnormal parathyroid activity osteoclastic activity increases and there is a bone loss. It usually happens in the long bones first. It is unlikely the skull would be decalcified

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Science teacher for over 50 years. MSc. in biology. I can answer questions in general biology, zoology, botany, anatomy and physiology and biochemistry.

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I have a MSc in biology and have been a science teacher for over 50 years. At present I am a faculty member at a college and a science consultant at seven catholic schools.

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