Category Archives: Osteology

Pop Culture Osteology: Once Upon a Time #2

Intrepid. Swashbuckling. Fearless. All adjectives that describe my tenacious approach to dissertation data collection. Oh wait, no, I’m wrong again. These are all adjectives that describe the rapscallion Captain Hook and imperturbable Emma Swan on ABC’s fairy-tale soap opera Once Upon … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Osteology: Once Upon a Time

Last night was Friday, so being the diligent graduate student that I am, I spent all evening organizing my spreadsheets, editing a chapter that is soon due and working on conference abstracts. Oh wait, no, no I didn’t, I spent it … Continue reading

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Identifying Human Teeth: Human Dentition Cheat Sheet

[Update: Eagle-eyed reader Paula M. noticed that a premolar text box was originally duplicated on the molar slide, throwing everything out of whack; this has been fixed on both the image file and pdf as of June 04, 2015. Please re-download!] … Continue reading

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Gotta hand it to you: identifying manual and pedal phalanges

At the AAPAs, the Bone Clones table was handing out free phalanx keychains, and when I received mine I had to double-check whether it was manual or pedal. This led me to review White and Folkens’ section on the phalanges, … Continue reading

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Porotic Hyperostosis and Cribra Orbitalia

I recently found a short synopsis I’d written a few years back about the etiology of cribra orbitalia and porotic hyperostosis. I think that this was initially meant to go into my predoctoral paper, before I realized that I did not want my … Continue reading

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Osteology Everywhere: Sidewalk Edition

Artificial cranial deformation, à la Late Horizon Peru? Admittedly, I’d had a few pints before the walk home, but I can’t be the only one that sees this: The orbits are a little irregular, but I’m still struck by the … Continue reading

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OsteoMenagerie 7: The Vertebrae

Word on the street is that the third polar vortex will hit Michigan later this week. After trudging through this year’s record amounts of snowfall, shivering angrily at the bus stop while the temperature experiments with establishing its true seasonal … Continue reading

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Merely a cuneiformality: Identifying and siding the cuneiforms

While working at a late Neolithic mortuary site in Portugal, my friend Anna and I would frequently joke that we were excavating the ‘burial of the feet’, because it seemed like every day on site we chanced upon a new … Continue reading

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Orienting and Siding ‘Regular’ Ribs

I’ll begin by admitting that ribs are some of my least favorite bones to deal with. [Sidebar: I took a  week-long forensic anthropology overview course once (the 25th year of this), and I was astonished at the extent to which … Continue reading

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Get a leg up on the competition: Tips for identifying femoral shaft fragments

September is always a time of flux for grad students. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been in the program – there’s always some stressor that crops up in tandem with the start of a new school year. You … Continue reading

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