• Cranial Articulation Spiders and MNI

    Update October 14, 2020: I adapted this activity for publication in the EXPLORATIONS: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology Lab Manual. You can view this activity at: http://explorations.americananthro.org/index.php/lab-and-activities-manual/ and specifically: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1poWStx-dnyvdovVX4V6fy7Hb99xV1Fn2SAEjn6TqrXw/edit# In today's osteology/bioarchaeology class we worked started to learn about the cranium, with one of the objectives being to think about the cr…

  • Bone Biology Cupcakes

    In the early weeks of my human osteology and bioarchaeology course we had to cover a lot of terms, and a lot of ideas. Bone biology seemed to be the most daunting, and out of necessity, it was scheduled early in the term. I wanted to help the students remember the macro elements that we were discussing, so I decided (after checking for allergies) to make some illustrative cupcakes. Trabecular bone was represented by the spongey cake The first layer of (chocolate) icing represented the cortical …

  • Metacarpal Tattoos!

    Two weeks ago I introduced my human osteology & bioarchaeology class to the hand bones (along with all of the typical nmemonic devices to remember the carpals....). While they also had the opportunity to investigate the elements during lab hours, I wanted to help further solidify these elements in their memory - so we gave eachother temporary tattoos last week! There are various studies that suggest that drawing can help one better remember items (for example) - I believe that illustration can …