Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS)
Let's dig right into Spooktober with ... BONES. You're a steak-covered skeleton and it's nothing to fear. The amazingly kind and committed osteologist Dr. Daniel J. Wescott of Texas State University's famed Forensic Anthropology Research Center sits down -- surrounded by skulls and femurs and ribs -- and chats about how bones are formed, how they break, why they might hurt when the weather changes, what CSI gets wrong, how long it takes a body to decompose, looking for isotopes in found remains, cast iron coffins, skeleton myths, body donation, and more. Will Alie freak out, or will this exposure to hundreds of skeletons under one roof chill her out? Also, dickbones: are they for winners or losers?
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Special thanks to Dr. Joe Hanson
Some links that you may find of use:
Dr. Wescott’s CV
CLR dissolving your chicken bones
More on NAGPRA
NAGPRA listen in on the phone call
Cast-iron human-shaped coffins
Dr. Wescott’s published
Donating your money to Texas State Forensic Anthropology Research
… Or donate your body?
Will drinking soda dissolve your bones?
Weather, bones and barometers
Let’s talk about dickbones aka bacula
You’ll need a laptop and a human skeleton
More studies about cola and bones
Teeny tiny seed bones
Brittle bone disease: a collagen problem