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By the Amur River in Russia, a fisherman found a grisly surprise: Twenty-seven pairs of human hands, apparently dumped and with no obvious origin. Now, officials suggest that forensic scientists may have thrown the body parts away.

The fisherman first spotted one hand, and later found a bag with 53 more, as Siberian Times reported. The surprising nature of the discovery led some to speculate that the hands may have been from victims of gang-related crimes or something equally sinister. Siberian Times suggested that people may have had their hands amputated as punishment for theft.

As they weren’t far from the Chinese border, some suspected that the hands may have come from China, where biological supply companies sometimes process dead human bodies for sale and display.

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