Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS)

Dr. Daniel Wescott (via Research Gate)

Dr. Daniel Wescott (via Research Gate)

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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Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Special thanks to Dr. Joe Hanson


Some links that you may find of use:

Dr. Wescott’s CV

https://gato-docs.its.txstate.edu/jcr:c94d4331-6455-4589-b1d8-868b6f2d31d1/Wescott%20TX%20State%20CV%20May%202019.pdf



CLR dissolving your chicken bones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSsMz-xGETM



NAGPRA

https://www.nps.gov/nagpra/



More on NAGPRA

https://www.indian-affairs.org/nagpra-compliance.html



NAGPRA listen in on the phone call

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaZg6_R7_F3WNA2x7W1rd2uU3qLK9EnJfAXWeXB-fnVvNByw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&fbzx=-800241247966857323



Cast-iron human-shaped coffins

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/morbid-monday-fisk-mummy-case



Dr. Wescott’s published 

http://shell.cas.usf.edu/~rtykot/PR83%20Wescott%20et%20al.%202010.pdf



OpID

https://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/facts/outreach/opid.html



Donating your money to Texas State Forensic Anthropology Research

https://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/facts/donations/Financial.html



… Or donate your body?

https://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/facts/donations.html



Will drinking soda dissolve your bones? 

https://www.health.harvard.edu/does-carbonated-water-harm-bones



Weather, bones and barometers

https://www.wired.com/2014/10/whats-people-feel-weather-bones/



Let’s talk about dickbones aka bacula

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baculum



You’ll need a laptop and a human skeleton

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/history-gruesome-skeleton-anatomists.amp?fbclid=IwAR3PLIY3Ggsw0iRZ18SNHYydug4jBWhV8cOpCoRMAyhrUcBEkCRXErJTJ0Y



More studies about cola and bones

https://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=✓&affiliate=nih&query=cola+bones&commit=Search



Osteoporosis facts

https://www.nof.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis/



Teeny tiny seed bones

https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2018/08/how-many-bones-in-the-human-body-its-not-what-you-think.html



Brittle bone disease: a collagen problem

https://www.webmd.com/children/brittle-bone-disease#1


Alie Ward