Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 56)

Bioarchaeologist Sonia Zakrzewski is currently traveling in the U.S. and sent me this picture from the Penn Museum of their Beth Shemesh burial:

I agree with her that those scapulae are weeeeeeird. Not only is that one on the right side pointing the wrong way, but I think it's also a left scapula. The vertebrae are odd as well - are they subadult? Or just mixed up? My initial reaction to the clavicles was that they were wrong, but it's hard to tell with all the dirt, but in another close-up, indeed the lateral ends are placed medially on both sides. Oopsies!

Dr. Zakrzewski did alert a gallery volunteer, and Penn Museum's social media person responded on Twitter, so here's hoping it gets fixed right up!

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Unknown said…
The ribs!!! They are upside down...

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