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Skeletal Creatures Carved From Everyday Objects [en]

søndag den 6. oktober 2013

What once were doors, rolling pins, coat hangers, and picture frames are now the skeletal remains of vertebrates. Montreal-based artist Maskull Lasserre brings these objects to life- or perhaps death. By carefully carving into the wooden surfaces that we commonly overlook in our everyday environments, Lasserre reveals a deeper world inside. For the month of December until January 19, 2013, his woodworkings were exhibited as a set called Fable in Toronto’s Centre Space gallery. Click on the link to read his philosophical artist statement for Fable and stay tuned after the jump to watch his interview.

According to Lasserre:

The history of these well worn things holds the potential for surprising outcomes. The jeopardy, animation, delicacy and decay, that has slept in the wood through all its prior use and purpose is revealed through my work. My hope is not to illustrate the details of incidental carved motifs, but to reveal the mystery, and the potential for risk and wonder that waits in the untouched wood.”

See more work by Maskull Lasserre in the portfolio on his website.

How to side the fibula using just the shaft [da]

lørdag den 13. april 2013

Correct identification of the fibula can be tricky. These notes by slipstreamborne might provide some help in case of confusion:

Ah, the fibula. Wonkiest of the long bones. I could never side the fuckers without extensive consultation of my osteo notes or keep the proximal and distal ends straight until a TA of mine showed me this trick, which has the awesome benefit of working both with whole fibulae and any shaft fragment (!!!!!!!) that includes part of the distal third or so of the shaft. AND you can do it by touch, which is a double bonus if you’re more tactile and shape oriented in your siding like me. AND IT WORKS UPSIDE DOWN, so you’re not completely fucked if you can’t figure out which end is up.


Okay, see that diagonal line there on the lateral view on the right? And how it defines a roughly triangular surface of bone just proximal to the distal end? That is the triangular subcutaneous area of the fibula and it is your new best friend.


(See T.D. White knows what I’m talking about.)

The key point here is that this very rough right triangle tapers towards the same direction that the bone is from. Just follow it with your eyes or your fingers, base to top. This one is a right, so it points up and to the right.




And if you have the bone upside down, you can still follow that diagonal line from the base to the top and it will point towards the side the bone is from.


So even if you have a professor who likes to hide bits of bones in boxes and make you identify and side them without looking, FEAR THE FIBULA NOT! Go forth and side it like a champ.

Source: slipstreamborne


søndag den 17. marts 2013

Colored x-ray of a full-term fetus in breech position

Open sources for age determination of human skeletal remains [da]

mandag den 11. marts 2013

This should keep you busy for a while - a bunch of interesting links via theolduvaigorge:

Age estimation from the sternal end of the rib
Age estimation from the sternal end of the rib


søndag den 10. marts 2013

This should keep you busy for a while - a bunch of interesting links via theolduvaigorge:

Open sources for age determination of human skeletal remains:

Age estimation of children from prehistoric Southeast Asia: are the dental formation methods used appropriate?

Variability of the Pattern of Aging on the Human Skeleton: Evidence from Bone Indicators and Implications on Age at Death Estimation

Age Estimation From the Auricular Surface of the Ilium: A Revised Method

Estimation of Age in Adolescents—The Basilar Synchondrosis

Three Dimensional Quantitative Analyses of Human Pubic Symphyseal Morphology: Can Current Limitations of Skeletal Aging Methods Be Resolved

Juvenile ageing methods in the Caribbean archipelago

The Coronal Pulp Cavity Index: A Forensic Tool for Age Determination in Human Adult

Estimating age at death of humans from toothwear

Sex Differences and Aging of the Vertebral Column

Forensic aspects of foetal and neonatal skeletons

Quantitative analyses of human pubic symphyseal morphology using three dimensional data: the potential utility for aging adult human skeletons

A Bayesian Approach to the Estimation of the Age of Humans from Tooth Development and Wear

Leprogenic odontodysplasia [da]

tirsdag den 29. januar 2013

New Open Access Article: Vítor M.J. Matos & Ana Luísa Santos: Leprogenic odontodysplasia: new evidence from the St. Jørgen’s medieval leprosarium cemetery (Odense, Denmark)

Leprogenic odontodysplasia
Leprogenic odontodysplasia

The old cemetary belonging to the leprosy hospital here in Odense was excavated between 1980 and 1981. It was in use from 1270 to 1560. The 1544 skeletons from the cemetary are stored at our anthropological department (ADBOU) at the University of Southern Denmark. A wonderful collection of approx. 15,000 primarily medieval skeletons.

You can see pictures of a mother and her unborn child, also from St. Jørgen’s leprosarium in Odense here.