• Schematic Sub-Adults - Age Estimation with Canvas

    Update October 14, 2020: I adapted this activity for publication in the EXPLORATIONS: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology Lab Manual. You can view this activity at: http://explorations.americananthro.org/index.php/lab-and-activities-manual/ and specifically: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Ru7GfJ8BdAdtfFFRrIX9azHazAFXTjwQeWFP7J1uAo/edit#heading=h.ybnllkz4tdir This week's osteology active learning lecture had us practicing age-estimation in juvenile skeletal material - the catch b…

  • Dubble Bubble Tooth & Gum

    Today's osteology lecture introduced us to the dentition! As we've spent a little time already this term going over some sex estimation methods, and emphasizing how sexual dimorphism exists on a contiuum, I saw today as a perfect opportunity to not only talk about teeth and dental morphology, but also hammer home some of the concepts about sex. This activity was inspired by a cusp-morphology activity suggested in Kristina Killgrove's Human Osteology Lab Workbook A handout for my activity can be…

  • Cranial Articulation Spiders and MNI

    Update October 14, 2020: I adapted this activity for publication in the EXPLORATIONS: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology Lab Manual. You can view this activity at: http://explorations.americananthro.org/index.php/lab-and-activities-manual/ and specifically: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1poWStx-dnyvdovVX4V6fy7Hb99xV1Fn2SAEjn6TqrXw/edit# In today's osteology/bioarchaeology class we worked started to learn about the cranium, with one of the objectives being to think about the cr…

  • Playdoh ossification centers and growth

    One of the goals early in my human osteology and bioarchaeology course is to get students thinking about bone growth and development. How better to do this than by using Play-doh! I distributed little pots of Play-doh to the class. They then worked in groups of 2 to build either a subadult humerus or femur. They used one colour for the primary ossification center, and a second colour for the secondary ossification centers. The goal of this exercise was to get them thinking about how our bones ar…

  • Bone Biology Cupcakes

    In the early weeks of my human osteology and bioarchaeology course we had to cover a lot of terms, and a lot of ideas. Bone biology seemed to be the most daunting, and out of necessity, it was scheduled early in the term. I wanted to help the students remember the macro elements that we were discussing, so I decided (after checking for allergies) to make some illustrative cupcakes. Trabecular bone was represented by the spongey cake The first layer of (chocolate) icing represented the cortical …