I find that students react to the bewildering variety of bones in the human body with a greater amount of aplomb when you explain things using animal metaphors. I’ve always found some of these visual parallels impossible to unsee after discovering them, so I’m kicking off a series of posts intended to jazz up whole-bone osteology lessons. Fun for the whole family!
Siding Tips: If you have a whole navicular, remember that the head of the polar bear (e.g. the single facet for the first cuneiform) is distal, and will face medially. Alternatively, since we have a navicular in each foot, if you’re looking at someone in Standard Anatomical Position, these tarsal “bears”are going to be facing inwards towards eachother. Or, if you’re equal opportunity when it comes to spotting osteo-fauna, there’s also a head-shaped knob in proximal view (just medial to the facet for the talus), and that’s going to face medially too – see below!