Posts Tagged: bones

Overflow Skull Storage, and More

Emily Graslie is rad. She works at The University of Montana's Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum and just launched a web series about life around the office. "I'd like to share some of the amazing things we have in the collection with the Internet. Let's talk about your favorite animal," says she. Let's! [via]


Bones, I Can't Stop

There is an exception to the trepanning rule! Sometimes, if there's a hole and someone says wait, I'm not sure that's a bullet hole…it's a sternal foramen.

I actually knew that, from Aaron Elkins. Whatever (dusts off nails against chest, airily.)

Oh, and in this case? It meant that the girl THOUGHT she was killing her dad's barely-legal girlfriend, but it was actually his love child. In other words, her own half-sister. PATHOS. Things That Are Growing On Me:

Emily Deschanel. I know they have her do stupid stuff, like say "fornication," even though it's not at all plausible that anyone, however "I can read bones but [...]


Your Mutinous Bones

"I broke my back." —… Is what one woman says to open the nightmarishly titled article "Along the Spine, Women Buckle at Breaking Points," which chronicles the ways your bones are dissolving, and describes how your vertebrae will one day give out on you like crushed heads on a cartoon totem pole. Here are a few preventative measures you can take. (Don't do crunches.)


Skulls to Blame for Crows' Feet, Drooping, Etc.

Another reason we get wrinkles is because our heads are fucking dissolving.

– Eye sockets became wider and longer with age.  This could result in sinking of the eyeball into the sockets, which alters how the soft tissue in your upper brows rolls over the bones.

–  The bones in the middle of the face such as the brows, nose and upper jaw shrank too. These changes may lead to drooping brow bones and formation of creases near the eyes and crow’s feet.

–   The size of the lower jaw shrank with age.  This makes the chin projection appear smaller.  The mandible provides the foundation of the lower face.

So, [...]


Bones, Ghosts, and Paul Koudounaris

A Q&A with author, photographer, and ossuary expert Paul Koudounaris. I understand your great grandfather was a grave robber?

My family is Greek and they lived in Alexandria back when it was a Greek town. At that point there was a trade in mummy dust, which they called mummia, which was thought to be a cure all. Louis XIV actually used to carry mummia in a pouch and snort little bits of it. The problem was that by the late 19th century they didn’t have a bunch of old Egyptian mummies to dig up anymore. Instead, when criminals were executed, people would steal their bodies and take them to the [...]


We Need to Talk About Bones Again

Brief recap.

Okay, here's the thing. We have a lot of forensic anthropology in the culture now. Maybe you don't watch Bones. Maybe you read those adorable Gideon Oliver mysteries by Aaron Elkins. Regardless, every single iteration of the genre has at least one episode where everyone's looking at the skull, and someone says, wait, I'm not sure that's a bullet hole, and it's. always. trepanning. It's like there's a trepanning epidemic in the United States. We should honestly stop selling drill bits, because clearly our nation's murderers are not able to control themselves.

Other thoughts (this is what happens when you watch episodes as they appear on [...]


Leave Mona Lisa Alone!

The archaeologists' ultimate aim is to find enough skull fragments to be able to reconstruct her face, enabling a direct comparison to be made with the Mona Lisa.

How fucking dare anyone out there [exhume the bones of the woman who may have posed for the Mona Lisa] after all she's been through!?

She [died], she went through [her entire life]. She had two [or more] fuckin' kids [who are now also dead].

Her husband turned out to be a [silk merchant], a [friend of Leonardo da Vinci's], and now she [may or may not be lying in pieces beneath a convent in Florence]. All you people care [...]


Eat Yogurt, Get a Little Sun

"It is clear that lower doses of calcium and vitamin D do not prevent fractures, and there is a small but measurable risk of kidney stones." —Unsurprisingly, "Healthy Women Advised Not to Take Calcium and Vitamin D to Prevent Fractures" has crested atop the Times' most-emailed section.


This Just Happened.

Watching Bones, which I am attempting to get into, because, you know, I miss Buffy and never emotionally connected with Angel.

"I can read bones, but I can't read people!" – Bones

You just know that Emily Deschanel delivered that line, slowly drove home, feeling dirty, and then ate an entire pint of Chunky Mint Madness Soy Delicious.


Our Faces Used to Be Littler

Back in the day, our faces were small because we didn't eat well:

[C]raniofacial differences between contemporary men and women are less pronounced than they were in the 16th century. […] For example, the facial structure of modern Spanish females is much larger than the structure of 16th century females. This difference may stem from improved nutrition or other environmental factors.

But now our faces are big, and sometimes in photographs we ask our little-faced friends to sit slightly in front of us.