Monday 18 February 2013

Another bone puzzle

Thank you for the response to my 'What is this bone?' post a few weeks ago. The answer, kindly provided by Paulo Viscardi, Jake and Ben, was that it was the tarsometatarsus from a large wading bird. I have another conundrum for you, sent to me from Ohio. I can tell it's a vertebra, but I'm not sure of the species (humans are more my thing!). It certainly is beautiful!


Wednesday 6 February 2013

Top Blogs

Well, colour me chuffed! I've just found out that my humble blog has been voted one of the Top 25 Forensic Science Blogs of 2012! You can read the write-up and the other blogs here. I'm amazed that people are actually reading my blog at all, so I am very pleased. Thanking you very kindly very much so.

Tuesday 5 February 2013

What is this bone?

As some of you may know, I have a What is this bone? service on the Cranfield Centre for Forensic Anthropology Research webpage.  Occasionally, people from far flung places send me pictures of bones that their dog has dug up, or they've found on a walk, and I attempt to identify them. When I set up the service, I naively thought that it would be people from the UK responding, but of course, the internet gets everywhere! I have had enquiries from Newfoundland, the Everglades, and now, Australia. I have been sent a video of a bone found in an Australian attic, and I'm appealing to my zoo-archaeologist friends for help with identifying it!