Tags : forensic anthropology

Fun Facts About Skeletons 2019

It’s back to school time and I thought it would be great to kick off the year with some fun facts about human bones. Let’s jump right in!   Human adult skeletons are made up of about 206 bones. Babies are born with about 300 bones that began to fuse and harden together at certain […]Read More

Tales From The Grave: Sacralization of the Lumbar

This is a small series that will focus on some of the types of trauma, pathology and degeneration I examined will at the Odyssey Field School in Cyprus. Please note that the images included are NOT from the actual cases that my peers and I worked on. However, the images included are accurate representations of […]Read More

Tales from the Grave: Concha Bullosa

This is a small series that will focus on some of the types of trauma, pathology, interesting variations and degeneration I examined while in Cyprus at the Odyssey Field School. Please note that the images included are NOT from the actual cases that my peers and I worked on. However, the images that are included […]Read More

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Forensic Anthropology In a

I’m super excited to write this post because it means I did something really cool! I originally had this scheduled to post two weeks after I returned, but I wanted to compare my experience to some of my friends. It’s been a couple months since I’ve returned from my internship in Limassol, Cyprus with the […]Read More

Skeletons found under Afghan Presidential Palace. What Happens Next?

Imagine you are renovating your home, and as you break ground towards your new dream kitchen, you also break into a tomb or two. This happens more often than you might think! It happened just the other day to Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s president. In the Afghan Presidential Palace, contractors were working on some renovations, and under […]Read More

Reconstructing The Past: Studio EIS (A Docu-Portrait)

Originally published on Anthropology News Everyday Anthropology Myeashea Alexander Almost every weekend for over a year, I left NYC on a 6:30 am southbound bus to Washington, DC. When I arrived, I would quickly grab breakfast from Union Station and enjoy the walk to the National Museum of Natural History. I was volunteering for a […]Read More

Can We Talk About That Bone Floating Around In Your

There are about 206 (with some variation) bones in an adult human skeleton. As babies, we have about 270 soft bones, but as we grow and our bodies change, certain bones begin to go through a process called ossification- the bones harden up and fuse together. Most bones articulate, or come together, with some other […]Read More

The Bones of Monsters: Vampires (Part1)

A few days ago, an article began to circulate about a medieval burial that revealed evidence that the people of the time and area had laid a vampire to rest. This is exciting for all parties involved! Even if the archaeological aspect of the story doesn’t get you worked up, vampires have been a significant part of our […]Read More

Bone and the Disease: The Rachitic Pelvis

Disease often leaves its mark deeply imprinted on the skeleton. Sometimes this can be very difficult to see and will require a highly trained or skilled eye. However, many times, bone remodeling can be clearly visible and provide a host of information that will give a history of the way a person lived and died. […]Read More

Forensic Anthropology: Bone Trauma

I think one of the more interesting things that forensic anthropologist do is look at bone pathology. (Side note: I am biased. Skeletal pathology is my jam!) Pathology looks for abnormality- weird stuff. These abnormalities can tell a very rich story! Bones tend to operate, grow, and react with a fair bit of regularity within […]Read More

Bone Pathology: Fused Joints

        This image shows a bony ankylosis (fusion) that has occurred at the right knee. This type of fusion can be the cause of many diseases or trauma in which bone remodeling occurs as part of the healing process. As a result of the remodeling, two or more bones will fuse together.Read More

Bone Pathology: A Look at Osteosarcoma of the Skull

“Osteosarcoma is an aggressive malignant neoplasm arising from primitive transformed cells of mesenchymal origin that exhibit osteoblastic differentiation and produce malignant osteoid.” That is a fancy way of saying BONE CANCER   Osteoblasts are cells  that synthesize, or make, bone. Sometimes, it doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. When there is not enough nutrient minerals, the osteoblast are dysfunctional and the bone doesn’t […]Read More