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Brain Size Influences Development Of Individual Cranial Bones
2014-04-10 15:33:59

University of Zurich Embryonic development in animals – except mice and rats – remains largely unexplored. For a research project at the University of Zurich, the embryos of 134 species of animal were studied non-invasively for the first time using microcomputer imaging, thus yielding globally unique data. The embryos studied came from museum collections all over the world. The international team of researchers headed by Marcelo Sánchez-Villagra especially studied cranial formation...

Questions Raised About Longstanding Forensic Identification Technique
2013-12-11 10:28:31

North Carolina State University Forensic experts have long used the shape of a person’s skull to make positive identifications of human remains. But those findings may now be called into question, since a new study from North Carolina State University shows that there is not enough variation in skull shapes to make a positive ID. “In a lot of cases, murder victims or the victims of disasters are from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and don’t have extensive dental records we can...

2013-04-12 16:03:19

Evolution skeptics argue that some biological structures, like the brain or the eye, are simply too complex for natural selection to explain. Biologists have proposed various ways that so-called 'irreducibly complex' structures could emerge incrementally over time, bit by bit. But a new study proposes an alternative route. Instead of starting from simpler precursors and becoming more intricate, say authors Dan McShea and Wim Hordijk, some structures could have evolved from complex...

Legend Of The Aztec Crystal Skulls Debunked By Science
2013-03-08 09:29:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once upon a time, there were 13 crystal skulls. Well, no, actually there are dozens of them, in private collections and museums around the world. The largest and most well-known are housed in the British Museum in London, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris and the Smithsonian Institution in the US Capital. The skulls have been the subject of speculation and public interest for over 150 years, spawning legends, myths, movies (Indiana...

2012-12-11 21:32:33

Neurosurgeons at All Children's Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine (St. Petersburg, FL) and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine (Tampa, FL) recently achieved excellent physical and aesthetic results in an infant born with extreme macrocephaly due to hydrocephalus. This was accomplished with routine implantation of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt followed by a new operation to stabilize and reduce the size of the baby's head. Both surgeries were performed during the infant's...

Image 1 - 'Taung Child' Fossil Reveals Hominin Brain Evolution
2012-05-08 12:12:29

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com The reexamination of an ancestral human fossil found almost 90 years ago indicates that evolutionary changes in human brain development started 2.5 million years ago, about the time these ancestors began to walk upright. Florida State University researcher Dean Faulk and her colleagues analyzed the 2.2 million-year-old Taung fossil of a 3 to 4-year-old child and found several features that suggest a developed mechanism that allowed for the growth of a more...

Study Of Hallstatt Skulls Causes Evolutionary Headache
2011-12-21 09:16:39

Scientists studying a unique collection of human skulls have shown that changes to the skull shape thought to have occurred independently through separate evolutionary events may have actually precipitated each other. Researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Barcelona examined 390 skulls from the Austrian town of Hallstatt and found evidence that the human skull is highly integrated, meaning variation in one part of the skull is linked to changes throughout the skull. The...

2009-11-20 12:51:32

A synthetic bone matrix offers hope for babies born with craniosynostosis, a condition that causes the plates in the skull to fuse too soon. Implants replacing some of the infant's bone with the biodegradable matrix could eliminate some of the operations currently used to treat the condition. "The remarkable thing about this is the finding that the composition of the matrix changes what the cells around it do. Cells begin producing natural drugs to drive bone healing in direct response to the...

2009-06-21 14:31:14

A curator at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute says two artists came up with very similar renditions of a 2,800-year-old Egyptian mummy's face. Curator Emily Teeter said while artists Joshua Harker and Mike Brassell used separate police forensic methods to determine what the mummified Egyptian court singer Meresamun once looked like, their final products were extremely similar, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. They are so close that we feel pleased that we're giving people a...


Latest Human skull Reference Libraries

Occipitofrontalis Muscle
2012-07-01 19:15:31

The occipitofrontalis or epicranius is a muscle of the human skull and consists of two parts: The occipital belly, near the occipital bone, and the frontal belly, near the frontal bone. Some authorities consider this muscle to be a structure consisting of two distinct muscles: the Frontalis and the occipitalis. However, it has been classified as a single muscle by International Anatomical Terminology -- the official body of anatomical nomenclature. The occipital belly originates on the...

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