October 30, 2015

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 33)

My 6-year-old brought home a Scholastic News insert today on "spooky skeletons."  Which, of course, I'm all for.  But this made me laugh:


Admirably, they attempted to get the skeleton into the same position as the kid.  But of course that's not a kid's skeleton.  There are no epiphyses; all the bones are fused completely.  Also, if you look closely enough, there are way more than five fingers on the left hand. ;-)

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October 29, 2015

Bones - Season 11, Episode 5 Review

Last week was a guest starring role by Betty White, and this week is a... Sleepy Hollow cross-over?  I did not watch the Sleepy Hollow episode, although it seems to have had Brennan in it.  If I get around to it, I may post a bonus review. Without further ado, here's this week's review:



October 24, 2015

Bones - Season 11, Episode 4 (Review)

Here's your link to this week's review of Bones (the episode that guest-stars Betty White), as posted on my Forbes blog:

'Bones' Season 11, Episode 4 Review: The Carpals In The Coywolves


Fun fact: this is at least the second time Betty White has played an anthropologist on TV.  In 2010, she was on Community as an anthro professor.

Next week is apparently the Bones-Sleepy Hollow cross-over.  Whatever that means. (I've never watched the latter.)




October 16, 2015

Bones - Season 11, Episode 3 (Review)

Here's the link to this week's Bones review over at my Forbes blog:

'Bones' Season 11, Episode 3 Review: The Donor In The Drink



October 14, 2015

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 32)

Over on Twitter, archaeologist @nice_reminder posted this:



Ankle bones (and, I believe, a patella) stuck in the wrist for some reason.   She follows that up with:



I like the hashtag!  #WhoNeedsAnOsteologist is a bit long.

At any rate, I'd never heard of this show, but From Darkness seems to be a new British crime drama, airing on the BBC.  Might have to see if I can get it over here, if the bone aspect continues to be hilarious.

Here's a saved, larger version of the screencap she posted:


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October 8, 2015

Bones - Season 11, Episode 2 (Review)

Here's the link to this week's Bones review over at my Forbes blog:




October 5, 2015

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 31)

As Zachary Cofran pointed out when I shared this Nature news piece on archaeologists' return to Shanidar, the Iraqi National Museum needs an osteologist:

Credit: Hadi Mizban/AP/Press Association Images
The skeleton of a Neandertal found at Shanidar Cave,
displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad.
The scapulae are flipped.  The right clavicle is on the right, but it looks like the sternal end is lateral. The left ulna is upside down. The thoracic vertebrae appear to be flipped upside down too. But seriously, what in the world are metatarsals doing in the hand?!?!?

Oofa.

Did I miss anything else?  I'm typing this up fast before heading in to teach Human Osteology class...

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October 1, 2015

Bones - Season 11, Episode 1 (Review)

Here I am, back for another season (even though I seem to swear off writing more of these each June).  But actually, the reviews are not back here.  I've moved them to my Forbes blog, with the hope of getting more traffic (and therefore more $$ incentive to spend time writing them when I could be, oh, I dunno, working on a book manuscript instead). The splash screen may be annoying, but please click through if you're interested in what I thought of the season première!


(And seriously, the guy who writes Game of Thrones reviews at Forbes has like hundreds of thousands of hits on each of his.  Man, that would be nice.  Tell your friends about mine, pretty please?)

If you want to read past reviews, this link should get you to them in reverse chronological order.

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