These are great. Gentleman Scholar made these amusing animations called The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton and it shows how daily life—like sports and gravity and puberty and first days—for a skeleton isn't a lot of fun. Watch them, they're quick and easily digestible and easy to laugh at.
If you're curious how your bones work when you're doing yoga, Hybrid Medical created this video that shows off what the skeleton is doing in all those poses under an x-ray. The 3D animation was made to be as realistic and as accurate as possible.
Inside a cave so deep and dark it's called Hoyo Negro, or Spanish for "black hole," divers are transporting a 12,000-year-old skull for 3D scanning. The skull belongs to one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in the Americas. Lucky for us, the expedition was documented with an entire set of stunning…
This skeleton of a dead (?) basement monster was found by a worker installing cable beneath a house, leaving the terrified resident to wonder what kind of goblin lair lies just beneath the floorboards. Is the creature a wild animal? A lost pet? Or is this something science cannot (or will not) explain?
With the 1908 volume of his treatise Le Corset, Dr. Ludovic O’Followell hoped to make clear the detrimental effects the then-current corset designs had on women's health. To that end, he took X-ray images of women in their binding underthings.
Japanese funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei wanted to create an ad that would break from the traditional funerary colors of black and white while still presenting a respectful image of their services. Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO came up with this life-sized skeleton, celebrating the life of the departed through pressed…
This is what you get when you take data from a CT scan and convert it into a format that can be read by a 3D-printer. It's a skeleton. But not just any skeleton. The 3D model you see here was printed while the rat whose bones it's based on was still alive. Intact. Still wrapped in muscle, skin and fur.
Skeleton sculptor Tim Prince took a bit of the person-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors and added a pinch of Aliens' xenomorph queen to create this fearsome tribute to the horror comedy musical. I wouldn't put it past this critter to attempt world domination.
When astronauts venture into space, their bones degrade because of the microgravity conditions they encounter. Currently, such bone wastage is usually diagnosed by scans—so NASA developed a new test which analyzes urine to spot bone loss in its early stages.
The subject of this photograph isn't an undead monster dragging its bones across the beach or some macabre temple designed to line up with the sun. It's just the sun peeking through the hollow eye of an ordinary fish skull.
Is this a ineffective tent with a hole at the top? Of course not. Maybe it's lasers shooting out of an angry pimple? That's even farther off. Perhaps it's a barnacle with slimy arms clinging to a ship's hull for dear life? Not quite, but close. The answer is a lot more historical than that:
This rather bizarre organism is Coronacollina acula, which lived on the seafloor about 550 million years ago. This sponge-like creature doesn't look like much of, well, anything, but its discovery throws a whole new light on the evolution of skeletons.
Welcome to the Concept Art Writing Prompt, a new, much-demanded feature here at io9. Each Saturday, we'll post a piece of artwork, and ask you to write a piece of fiction based on that artwork in the comments.
A recently-uncovered Neanderthal burial site in Spain has provided intriguing evidence that these ancient hominids believed in an afterlife and were capable of complex symbolic thought, all possibly before early Homo sapiens demonstrated these abilities.
This is Dimetrodon, the world's top predator about 270 million years ago. Living before the dawn of the dinosaurs, this striking creature was actual a distant ancestor of mammals like us. Now we've discovered the most complete Dimetrodon skeleton ever.
We saw some amazing examples of lightpainting in our Shooting Challenge back in July, but Flickr user Jannepaint has come along and eclipsed them all with his pro-shooting. It's all done in front of the camera, with no after-trickery involved.
For some reason, CBS decided to actually allow late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson to have this robot skeleton companion. Mythbusters' Grant Imahara built the odd—and slightly freaky—fellow and then taught him the Robot Skeleton Sidekick Laws:
Where most humanoid robots have human-looking features on the outside but not inside, the Eccerobot team takes a different approach, giving their robot a humanoid skeleton, joints, and tendons so that it can better mimic human movement.