Category Archives: Osteology

Supination

I recently started teaching my first self-designed course at the University of Michigan, an intro to bioarchaeology class titled The Science of Skeletons. We had our first meeting last Thursday, and in addition to demonstrating the appropriate way to handle human … Continue reading

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Splanchnocranium

I’ve been reading a lot of research on the bioarchaeology of violence of late, thought-provoking  pieces by Haagen Klaus, Deb Martin and Gwen Robbins Schug that detail the ways in which the ideology of oppression is mediated by violence. In theory, this … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Osteology: Scandal

I was recently unwinding by watching Scandal, a show that I think about entirely in capslock. INTRIGUE. OLIVIA POPE. SUSPENSE. THINGS BEING HANDLED. Sample quote: “My mother blew up the church that’s costing you your presidency.” As you can tell, this level … Continue reading

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Nutrient foramen

A nutrient foramen is a small, smooth-walled hole for blood vessels found on the external surface of a bone. Size-wise these tend to be in the range of what you’d expect if you poked the tip of a pen through the … Continue reading

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Identifying and Siding the Hamate

For the most part, I am a dependably frugal human – I pack my own lunch, I live with a roommate, and the average garment in my closet is curated for at least four years. However, when it comes to osteological … Continue reading

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Bone Quiz 19

The past two weeks have been full of typical graduate school shenanigans, including: responding to negative feedback with a calm and professional demeanour; attempting to collect signatures from faculty without scheduling an appointment; critically unpacking my dental MNI calculation methods with my colleagues; and agreeing … Continue reading

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Tibial Pursuit: How to identify and side the tibia

Trials and Tib-ulations. Shin Vogue. Ti-bia Determined. Tibia or not Tibia*. I have so many tibial puns on file that it was hard to pick just one for the title of this post. And if you’re wondering, yes, you are … Continue reading

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