I saw this pop up earlier on my friend Charles Hay’s social feed and it immediately clicked as I saw osteology in space. It’s actually the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (bit of a mouthful) rather than a skeletal element lost in space, but can the readers of this blog identify what I think I see below? If you can, let me know what you think it is in the comment section below and, for bonus points, tell me how these generally differ from others found in the body. You may have to squint a bit and remember that the distal parts of this element can vary somewhat in shape…
This comet is currently the focus of attention of the space probe Rosetta’s lander, Philae, as the European Space Agency hopes to soon land on and investigate this intriguing piece of rock. The comet is currently (in the words of Col. Chris Hadfield, or at least his FB profile) spewing out water, methane, methanol, CO2 and ammonia, a mix that is the stuff of life (but probably quite smelly). Keep up to date here as the ESA attempts to land Philae on the comet in early November.
I’ll put the answer up in a few days or so, so please leave a comment if you think you know what this is!
Bone quizzes are part of a staple diet that anybody learning human osteology at university takes part in regularly. They are often timed tests (normally a minute or so) where you can be asked to identify a fragment of bone, side it and name any anatomical landmarks that are highlighted on the element. It is a great way to learn your skeletal anatomy, especially before heading into an archaeological excavation where bones can often be found in unexpected places and isolated from other elements.
- I’ve been a long time reader of the fantastic Lawnchair Anthropology and Bone Broke blogs, both of which have excellent Osteology Everywhere posts. Bone Broke also regularly treats readers with bone quizzes, which are well worth checking out and getting involved in.
- You can read Charles Hay’s awesome guest post on commercial archaeology on the blog here.
Bone Quiz Answer
This quiz was probably picked bit too arcane an object for a bone quiz, but the answer can be found below. Note in the comment’s section JB and Keneiloe’s answers for different views!