Category Archives: Osteology

Wolff’s Law

Ever heard the expression “use it or lose it”? That pithy phrase encapsulates Wolff’s law, an anatomical rule that describes how bone grows and changes over time. The law was developed by German surgeon Julius Wolff, whose name you will now always remember … Continue reading

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Osteology Everywhere: Lithic Edition

It’s been a relaxing few months in Ann Arbor – lots of lounging around, sipping hot beverages around a warm fireplace, and quietly contemplating life. JUST KIDDING. I’ve been firing on all cylinders recently, dividing my time between applying for … Continue reading

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Minding the gaps: A methodological approach to inter-individual variability in skeletal completion

Four and a half years ago, in summer 2011, I took the Kampsville Bioarchaeology and Human Osteology lab course through ASU. The class is an intensive osteological bootcamp, and though I’d previously taken an introductory osteology course at Michigan, the immersive … Continue reading

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Hip hip hooray: Orienting and identifying features of the os coxae

One of the ranges in my museum is decorated with a number of different osteological puns, and every time I walk past their on point door makes me jealous.  I’ve always been particularly envious of the “Hip Hip Hooray” slogan, … Continue reading

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Anthropology Teaching Tips: Playdoh

As you may have garnered from the radio silence that blanketed the blog for week-long periods this summer, in July and August I solo taught my first self-designed course. Now, at this point in my academic career, I have a … Continue reading

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Skeleton Keys – Talk for the Michigan Archaeological Society

Tonight I’m going to be giving a public talk for the Huron Valley chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society. The talk will discuss how to lose ten pounds in a single week, how to make $10,000 a month while working from … Continue reading

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Bone Quiz 20

Yesterday marked the first day of the semester at Michigan. As an older graduate student, the “official” start to the school year sneaks up on you with vicious alacrity. One minute you’re placidly analyzing your data and writing conference abstracts … Continue reading

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