Tag Archives: osteology

Standard Anatomical Position

Bioarchaeological labs can be confusing places. Witness the following interaction, which takes place at least once a season: Bioarch 1: “This fragment’s a humerus, right?” Bioarch 2: [Examines bone] “No, it’s a left.” Bioarch 1: “But it’s humerus?” Bioarch 2: … Continue reading

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Osteology Everywhere: Storm King Edition

I’m spending part of this summer in southern New York, and have been doing my best to distract myself from various overdue manuscript drafts by exploring the area. To that end, a few friends and I went to an outdoor … Continue reading

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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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Bone Quiz 21

Every human osteologist reaches a point in their life when they are forced to make a foray into zooarchaeology. My most recent brush with the world of skeletal fauna took place over the summer, when I spent a week visiting one of my friends … 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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Osteology Everywhere: College Bar Edition

This past Monday night I grabbed a pitcher* with a friend at a local watering hole. After a long day of grappling with histograms of canine metrics, I felt that some time apart from bones in any form was well-warranted: But of … 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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