Tag: Skeletons

He Listed a T. Rex Fossil on eBay for $2.95 Million. Scientists Weren’t Thrilled.

A fossil hunter’s attempt to sell a young Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on eBay for $2.95 million set off a furor among scientists who warned that it needed to be studied, not sold to the highest bidder. The skeleton’s owner, Alan Detrich, defended his decision to try to sell the 15-foot fossil to a wealthy private […]

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A Colonial-Era Cemetery Resurfaces in Philadelphia

In June 2017 Kimberlee Moran, a forensic scientist at Rutgers University-Camden, stood in a pit at a construction site in downtown Philadelphia, just across from the Betsy Ross House. The walls of the pit were shored up by diagonal pillars of dirt. They bristled with coffin wood — and human bones. But what she couldn’t […]

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Matter: A History of the Iberian Peninsula, as Told by Its Skeletons

For thousands of years, the Iberian Peninsula — home now to Spain and Portugal — has served as a crossroads. Phoenicians from the Near East built trading ports there 3,000 years ago, and Romans conquered the region around 200 B.C. Muslim armies sailed from North Africa and took control of Iberia in the 8th century […]

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Exhibition Review: T. Rex Like You Haven’t Seen Him: With Feathers

Surprisingly cute in his youth, more intelligent than his peers, he eventually grew into a ruthless, bloodthirsty wrecker who made you want to run for your life. No, we’re not talking about a relationship gone wrong. This is a piece about tyrannosaurs, the undefeated bosses of the Cretaceous Period, stomping and chomping their way across […]

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My Afterlife on the Body Farm

Most of us hope to be remembered after death for the ways we contributed to society during our lives. I want to keep contributing even after I’m gone. The part of me that proudly checks the organ donor box every time I renew my driver’s license has always been offended at the idea of throwing […]

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18 Skeletons, 3 Buttons and a Revolutionary War Mystery

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — It was not the first time the archaeologist had received this type of call. “There have been some human bones unearthed,” Chris Hatin, an investigator with the Warren County sheriff’s office, said in a voice […]

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Phys Ed: Can Low-Impact Sports Like Cycling Be Putting Your Bones at Risk?

Could competitive cyclists be putting their bone health at risk? A disquieting new study of bone density in elite cyclists and runners suggests that the answer might be yes. The study found that the cyclists, both male and female, had thinner bones than the runners, even though all of the athletes were young, healthy and […]

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Matter: ‘Spirits Won’t Rest’: DNA Links Ancient Bones to Living Aboriginal Australians

In the 1800s, thousands of Aboriginal Australians were the victims of a terrible trade in the name of science. Anatomists opened their graves and stole their skeletons. After massacres of Aboriginal Australians, police officers sold body parts to museums. Today, many of these bones lie far from home. “Our old people’s remains have been stolen […]

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Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown

Nearly 11,000 years ago, a man died in what is now Nevada. Wrapped in a rabbit-skin blanket and reed mats, he was buried in a place called Spirit Cave. Now scientists have recovered and analyzed his DNA, along with that of 70 other ancient people whose remains were discovered throughout the Americas. The findings lend […]

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Ties: Family History in Her Bones

I hold my 4-year-old daughter’s hand as she lies on the cold surface of the X-ray table, watching her brow furrow as she concentrates on holding her left ankle at the awkward angle in which the technician placed it. This is, for her, an exciting experience, something about which she feels only curiosity. She asks […]

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