The Eastbourne Ancestors volunteers were having an interesting conversation today in the lab…discussing their ‘Top 10’ of Human Bones. Here is what they came up with…
#1 Ear Ossicles (Incus, Malleus & Stapes)
Described by my team as perfect and distinctive in shape.
Although enamel coated, the dentition is a fascinating part of the human skeleton. Very useful for isotope testing, analysing diet and lifestyle.
Interesting in shape, and the bone that seems to get knocked the most often (according to the volunteers).
#4 Phalanges (Distal)
A philosophical moment by the volunteers wondering what past people touched and felt using their fingers and toes.
#5 Vertebral Column
An amazing design of puzzle-like pieces supporting the body and at the same time giving us flexibility.
An odd-looking bone, we can analyse this bone to determine the biological sex of an individual.
A classic example of a bone, recognised by all (possibly due to the ‘skull & crossbones’ pirate flags). We can analyse this bone to determine the stature of an individual.
A student (Tori) was studying these bones for her MSc Bio Anth and ever since the volunteers have been interested in the physics and mechanics of this element.
One of my favourites (mainly because it looks like a gremlin. I don’t have a sensible answer).
This is the element that people seem to connect with the most, the one that draws the most emotive response.
What’s your favourite?