Construction crews discovered what appear to be human bones Wednesday morning while working in Presidents Circle.

Responding university police officers determined the bones, found in the George Thomas Building during renovations for the incoming Crocker Science Center, are not part of an active crime scene and will not launch an investigation. They handed the case over to a forensic anthropologist with the Utah Division of State History, who classified the bones as “historic anatomical skeletons.”

The division will examine the bones in coming weeks to determine the age and species. University spokesperson Maria O’Mara said crews digging a utility trench discovered cow bones in the same area a few years ago.

Construction has been temporarily delayed for the building previously used as the university library and the Utah Museum of Natural History. The facility was dedicated in 1935.

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