Bone Quiz 12

This morning Antonio, one of the museum security guards, brought his young daughter and niece down to the basement so they could see me at work . They were both about 8 to 10 years old, proper Jiennense girls attired in brightly-colored summer dresses and clean shoes, with their long hair pulled back from their faces with head bands. Antonio explained that this visit wasn’t at his behest; the girls had both wanted to come down to see the sort of work I was doing. Unfortunately I didn’t have any primary burials laid out, but I was able to show them some of the loose dentition I’ve analyzing lately. I let them tap on the molars, hold my comparative specimens, and peer at the multiple crania that I currently have adorning the countertops. Antonio’s daughter kept looking around the room with the widest eyes I’ve ever seen, but started and then smiled whenever I talked to her.

While curiously examining my equipment, Antonio asked me if my prized possession, White’s Human Bone Manual, was about the “human body”. His niece jumped in to answer: “No, por que en Ingles, cuerpo es….oooman baahdy” she said, haltingly but on point. I grinned at that, since it was the most English I’ve heard from a Jaén native. “Si, muy bueno” I replied. After a few more minutes they took their leave – “It’s very interesting work” I said, in faltering Spanish, as they departed. At that, the small girl with the enormous eyes grinned.  “¡Que chulo!” I heard one of them exclaim as they were climbing up the stairs, the Spanish equivalent of saying “How wicked!”

Their visit made my morning. In a time when being a woman in science is hard enough, and more and more research is unveiling the significant role gender plays in shaping our professional choices and experiences, it was refreshing to meet two young girls who wanted to venture down to a dirty basement to meet a strange, pale foreigner – rather like Bilbo and Sam venturing into Gollum’s cave, now that I think about it – to see what all the fuss was about human bones.

In the spirit of continuing that enthusiasm for learning , I’ve laid out a new bone quiz below. The usual rules apply:

1. Human/Non-Human;

2. Adult/Juvenile;

3. Bone;

4. Side;

5. Name the telling feature highlighted in first photograph.

The scale in the photos is 3cm, and I’ll post answers soon. In the meantime, I hope you are all having a cool July, replete with air-conditioning, beer, and limited loose dentition!

Posterior View (Superior ^)

Posterior View

 Anterior View (Superior ^)

Anterior view

Superior View (Posterior lower)

Superior view

Inferior View (Posterior lower)

Posterior view

Image Credits: All images were taken at the Museo de Jaén in summer 2013 and 2014.


Bone Quiz 12 Answers

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6 Responses to Bone Quiz 12

  1. SuperUSF says:

    transverse vertebral process
    articulating facet


  2. Hi

    Adult (minimum juvenile)
    Dens facet


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