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Skulls Unlimited in the News

(Articles are listed by date of publication)

Skulls Unlimited International has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles as well as radio and television interviews. Click on the links below to view these various articles and programs.

Skulls Unlimited has been featured in shows such as. MSNBC Investigates, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and Discovery's Dirty Jobs to name a few.

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Skulls Inc.: Behind the Scenes of a World-Class Taxidermy Shop

Jun 24, 2014
Like painters and sculptors, taxidermists develop their own artistic style and signature. Capes are their canvases and Styrofoam their clay, their medium for expression. But skull mounts are different. There's no room for creative license or interpretation. Just the irreproachable beauty of bone shaped solely by the hand of God, or, if you prefer, by the forces of evolution. Or maybe we, as hunters, love skulls simply because they look so darn cool. However deep or superficial your attraction to wildlife osteology, you're probably among the congregation of America's foremost temple of skull and bone-Skulls Unlimited International.
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Museum visitors bone up on knowledge, fun

Mar 25, 2011
Located at 10301 S. Sunnylane Road, the museum opened about six months ago and has quickly become a popular field-trip destination. This may be the most professional mom-and-pop attraction I've seen outside of Kansas City's Arabia museum.
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Exploring Oklahoma

Jan 5, 2011
Do you have a child so fascinated with a hobby that you fear that it's taking focus from other "more important" priorities? Jay Villemarette would tell you not to worry. In fact, he'd tell you to encourage your child, even if that interest seems a bit eccentric. And as the Director of the new Museum of Osteology, he knows what he's talking about.
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Bones about It

Dec 22, 2010
More than 300 skeletons reside in impressive displays offering an informative tour through the vast structural differences in the animal kingdom. From tiny bats to towering giraffes, the lovingly assembled collection opened Oct. 1 as a labor of love for museum founder and curator Jay Villemarette, who has collected and sold bones since 1986 as part of Skulls Unlimited.
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Jay Villemarette has owned Skulls Unlimited since 1986. His company cleans and preserves all types of animals for scientists, educators, collectors and hunters. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

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Skull and void: Skulls Unlimited in Oklahoma City specializes in European mounts for hunters

Dec 4, 2010
"There is nothing we haven't cleaned and there is nothing we won't clean," said Jay Villemarette, owner of Skulls Unlimited in southeast Oklahoma City.
Jay Villemarette has owned Skulls Unlimited since 1986. His company cleans and preserves all types of animals for scientists, educators, collectors and hunters. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Jay Villemarette has a few skeletons in his closet. But, he's also got skeletons in vats of solution, in beetle-filled aquariums, and drying on racks. IGNORE - Structural Only

Museum of Osteology open in southeast Oklahoma City

Nov 15, 2010
Jay Villemarette has a few skeletons in his closet. But, he's also got skeletons in vats of solution, in beetle-filled aquariums, and drying on racks. His Museum of Osteology opened Oct. 1 in Oklahoma City. Osteology involves the study of bones.
Jay Villemarette has a few skeletons in his closet. But, he's also got skeletons in vats of solution, in beetle-filled aquariums, and drying on racks.
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Villemarette gets the skeletons out of the closet

Oct 30, 2010
For Jay Villemarette, a fascination with skeletons began in 1972, when he found a dog skull in the woods. Finding himself in need of a science project, the 7-year-old's father suggested he prepare the bones. After taking the advice, Villemarette found himself the recipient of an award for his work.
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A real skeleton crew: Museum of Osteology opens in Moore

Oct 26, 2010
Even after Jay Villemarette fills his new 7,000-square-foot museum with exhibits, he'll still be left with a lot of empty space. That's the nature of skeletons, after all: nothing but bones without skin or muscle to fill the gaps. Consider the 40-foot humpback whale skeleton, for example, hanging from the rafters in the middle of the Museum of Osteology so that visitors on the second floor can look down and see other people through the bones.
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Museum of Osteology

Sep 1, 2010
Where in Oklahoma can you see the fully-articulated skeleton of a 40-foot humpback whale? This nearly 2,500-pound skeleton (which was featured on the Discovery Channel's program "Dirty Jobs") can only be found at the new Skulls Unlimited Museum of Osteology (which means the study of bones, skulls and skeletons).
Jay Villemarette, founder of Skulls Unlimited International, between ape skeletons at his public museum.

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Skull Junkie Finds Solid Future in Skeleton Frontier

May 27, 2009
Jay Villemarette said his professional success isn’t so unusual – other entrepreneurs have formed businesses with the initial goal of supporting their related hobbies. But he had no idea that his love of skulls would take him so far ahead in the industry. Villemarette is founder of Skulls Unlimited International Inc., an Oklahoma City-based company promoted as the world’s leading supplier of osteological specimens.
Jay Villemarette, founder of Skulls Unlimited International, between ape skeletons at his public museum.

(Photo by Maike Sabolich)
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Meet the Bone Man

Nov 19, 2008
A museum that's truly one of a kind is under construction in Moore. The displays have nothing to do with art or history and everything to do with skeletons. Jay Villemarette is the owner of Skulls Unlimited International in Moore. Right now, his crews are assembling the skeletal remains of varies species, including a humpback whale, for display in his new museum.
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The Bone Collectors

The Biggest Skeletal Collection in the World Right Here in Moore Olahoma
Oct 1, 2008
When Jay Villemarette receives a shipment, it often arrives from a far corner of the world and almost always contains bones. Often those bones are in the form of a dead animal's carcass, maybe a monkey, an elephant or even a huge whale. Whatever the case, they all contribute to Jay's unusual business, Skull's Unlimited. Located on Sunnylane Road, Skull's Unlimited is the world's largest purveyor of osteological specimens, better known as bones.
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Uncommon Enterprise

Bare-Bones Operation
Oct 1, 2007
Cleaning skulls: It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it. Good thing Jay Villemarette and his "skeleton crew" at Oklahoma City-based Skulls Unlimited are more than willing to oblige. Billing itself as the world's leading supplier of osteological specimens, Skulls Unlimited cleans more than 20,000 animal and human skulls a year, some for clients but most for sale to the public.
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Peculiar Professions

Bone Cleaner
May 1, 2007
In this day and age, there are all sorts of collectors. Men and women across the globe collect personal treasures ranging anywhere from stamps and dolls, to cars and art. In March 2007, Jay Villemarette unearthed one of his own largest collection pieces to date — the skeleton of a 55-foot fin whale.
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Life as a skull cleaner is a messy job

Apr 2, 2007
When most people think of a family business a butcher store, flower shop or restaurant comes to mind. But Jay Villemarette's company is not your normal neighborhood firm. He owns and operates Skulls Unlimited International, a company that cleans, sells and stores skulls. Business is so busy he can hardly keep up with demand.
Jay Villemarette, president and owner of Skulls Unlimited, stands among some of the full-body animal skeletons that are stored at his company in southeast Oklahoma City. (Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman) IGNORE - Structural Only

Skeleton Crew

Skull supplier's museum to offer 'educational experience'Remains of rare Javan rhinoceros, manatees, whales are among future displays.
Mar 26, 2007
The skeletons of rare animals are so common among collection items for a planned Museum of Osteology, it's easy to forget they're endangered. Or were endangered. The collection includes one of a black rhinoceros, of which only a few thousand are left in the wild, a Hawaiian monk seal and a killer whale. The collection is being held at Skulls Unlimited in southeast Oklahoma City, which is owned by the future museum's founder.
Jay Villemarette, president and owner of Skulls Unlimited, stands among some of the full-body animal skeletons that are stored at his company in southeast Oklahoma City. (Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman)
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Missing Whale Stumps Museum on Beach Dig

Feb 16, 2007
A dead 52-foot fin back whale is missing.
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Filthy Rich Businesses. Want to be disgustingly happy? Start a disgusting business.

Feb 2, 2007
Jay Villemarette cleans skeletons--mostly animal and human skulls--for a living. He owns Skulls Unlimited International and insists there's never a dull moment at the office. We'll take his word for it. After all, his company might be cleaning a gorilla skull one day and that of a chipmunk, a giraffe or a human the next.
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Where 'how greasy a human is' is part of the job

At Skulls Unlimited, things can get kind of gross, no bones about it
Oct 30, 2006
On one table, a worker places the final touches on a human skeleton, with the head still separated from the rest of the bones. In another corner sit three large whale skulls, one weighing about a ton.
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Bone Collector

Oct 25, 2006
Jay Villemarette started collecting skulls when he was 7 years old. He found a dog skull and brought it home. Soon after that discovery, he found a cat skull. Intrigued by the similarities and differences, he began to bring bones home whenever he found them.
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In bone business, skulls rate head and shoulders above skeletons

Oct 25, 2006
Gap-toothed grins surround Jay Villemarette, and he's selling them off for $395 to $795 a head.
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I'm Going to Rib-Cage World

Jay Villemarette has a crazy idea - an entire museum devoted to skeletons, from tiny shrews to boxcar-size whales. Sounds ... great. When the heck does this thing open?
Jul 1, 2006
AS A SPECIMEN, JAY VILLEMARETTE is fairly unremarkable, though when he's viewed from the front, his cranial radius does seem a bit large. Other than that, as the 40-year-old stands before you with his largish head, blue eyes, and goatee, there's nothing to suggest he's the king of the bone business ...
Illustration by Joe Ciardello
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Hippo skull headed home

Feb 23, 2006
The owner of the hippo skull has been found. Chickasha Lumber Company manager Steve Smart said the news coverage surrounding their shipment of gloves that included the skull of a hippopotamus has connected them with the organization that sold the piece.
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Something you don't see everyday

Feb 22, 2006
When Chickasha Lumber Company employee Jeannie Douglas opened a shipment of gloves for the store Tuesday morning, she expected to find 480 pairs of gloves. Instead she only found 48 pairs of gloves thrown on top of what is believed to be the skull of a hippopotamus.
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A Skeletal Career

Oct 1, 2005
In our search for happiness and fulfillment, many of us seek out a job that allows us to do what we love. Joey Williams has found the perfect fit in a career that combines his hobby (collecting skulls and bones) with work that he enjoys (wildlife and environmental education). "This job ties it in a knot for me," said Joey.
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Bone collector determined to build educational museum

Bringing the skeletons out of the closet
Jun 8, 2005
The owner of a business that sells skulls and skeletons is fleshing out a museum devoted to the study of bones.
Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman
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Bone Museum Slowly Taking Shape

Jan 3, 2005
The 20-year dream of one Cleveland County business owner to open a non-profit museum to give back to the community is slowly becoming a reality.