One of my undergraduates pointed out today a Twitter post by Kathy Reichs, the author, of course, of the Temperance Brennan book series on which the TV show Bones is based.* Reichs' post is a throwback Thursday picture of her working in the lab at the LSJML in Montreal:
My student noticed that the scapulae, humeri, and tibiae were mis-sided and not laid out in anatomical position. Surely, she thought, Reichs would not post a picture of herself with bones in weird positions. I harp on this in class all the time: lay out the bones in anatomical position. They have to be as close as you can get to anatomical position.
I am well aware that when you're working on a skeleton, bones get out of place and rearranged. I've absolutely confused myself before by not paying attention and putting bones back in the wrong places, then wondering why there was suddenly a new fracture on the bone. But Reichs' photo involves practically all of the bones not in anatomical position. She was looking at the posterior aspect of the arm and shoulder bones? The tibiae got misplaced? Quickly staged photo op? (But how long does it take to lay out 20 large, unbroken bones... 2 minutes tops?)
So, who needs an osteologist today? Apparently Kathy Reichs does.
*Full disclaimer -- as much as I rag on Bones in my reviews, I am a huge fan of Reichs and especially her book series (which is way, way better forensically than the TV show). And thanks to Jennifer Waters for pointing this out - A+ osteological work!
Previous Installments of Who needs an osteologist?
- The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium needs an osteologist.
- GitHub needs an osteologist.
- The Telegraph needs an osteologist.
- University Museum in Chieti-Pescara needs an osteologist.
- NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences needs an osteologist.
- Huffington Post and the Mars Rover need an osteologist.
- PBS and Richard III need an osteologist.
- Abbot House Museum needs an osteologist.
- The Zanjan Museum needs an osteologist.
- National Geographic Channel's "Nazi War Diggers" needs an osteologist.
- BBC/NOVA needs an osteologist.
- The Penn Museum needs an osteologist.
- National Geographic needs an osteologist.
- Acura needs an osteologist.
- The "African" woman in Fairford, England, needs an osteologist.
- Museo delle Grotte needs an osteologist.
- Either NPR or Yale needs an osteologist.
- Yorkshire Museum needs an osteologist.
- Staffordshire University needs an osteologist.
- And, of course, Bones needs an osteologist.