Back in 2003, a strange skeleton was discovered in a deserted Chilean town in the Atacama Desert. Featuring an elongated skull, sunken eye sockets, and an impossibly tiny body, some suggested it was of extraterrestrial origin. An updated genetic analysis confirms the skeleton as being human—but with an unprecedented…
This may look like a photograph, but the highly realistic face staring back at you belongs to a man who died over 700 years ago. The researchers who performed this unbelievable facial reconstruction say their work is providing new details about the way ordinary people lived in medieval England.
For more than a century, the taxidermy diorama “Arab Courier Attacked by Lions” has stood in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Depicting a man on camelback fending off Barbary lions, the bizarre display has intrigued—and repulsed—generations of visitors. Throughout all those years, however, the piece…
At an auction held earlier today in the United Kingdom, a 95-percent-complete skeleton of an extinct dodo bird that was painstakingly assembled over the course of 40 years has sold to an unnamed private collector for a whopping $430,000.
From a strictly mineral standpoint, life on Earth is pretty ridiculous. Some carbon is organized, moves around a little and then falls back apart. Not so coincidentally, that’s also the basic premise of artist Agelio Batle’s Ash Dancer, which features a big-ass skeleton shaking around until it completely disappears.
Here’s a remote-controlled robot skull with a bunch of spooky legs.
Pompeii is already an archaeological gold mine, but a rare discovery this week in the ancient city has added to that collection.
It’s easy to get excited about new fossil discoveries, but sometimes a second look at an old find can reveal something just as surprising.
Proving that it will always have what it takes to compete with the likes of Neiman Marcus when it comes to obscene gift ideas, Hammacher Schlemmer has revealed this beauty for the 2014 holiday season: a $100,000 life-size replica of a 40-foot long T-rex skeleton that stands 15-feet tall. Good luck hiding that under…
An animal skeleton is made up of hundreds of tiny bones, many of which are too fragile to be handled by human hands. That's why many osteology departments at museums have a special team exclusively devoted to the careful cleaning of these specimens: A colony of millions of flesh-eating beetles.
So last night's Alien Sharks was actually pretty decent. If only the entire week had programming of that quality! But there's lots more online shark science to be had. Today's serving is all about shark skeletons!
Around the world, there are buildings that are decorated and built almost entirely with human bones. They form eerily symmetrical patterns, and turn death into an architectural flourish. These are some of the most remarkable.
Saiko Kanda and Hayashi Mayuka have taken a series of X-ray images that aren't aimed at scientific investigation or presenting its figures in a macabre light, but instead add a touch of heart to skeletal images by capturing couples together.
Artist Chris Panda may draw inside the lines of coloring books, but not in the typical way. He sketches in the bones of cartoon and comic book characters, proposing their sometimes strange skeletal structures.
Because unfortunately movie versions of medical textbooks are all too rare, if you're cramming for an upcoming exam on the human skeletal system and the last thing you want to do is spend the night reading, this wonderful $32 tome can be turned into an almost six-foot tall paper skeleton. Nothing beats hands-on…
Archaeologists working in Romania’s Transylvania region have discovered a young male and female skeleton from the late Middle Ages who were buried facing each other and holding hands. Locals have dubbed the couple “Romeo and Juliet,” but historians have their own take on the unique double burial.
Josh Ln takes a peek inside the Enterprise, Serenity, and the Millennium Falcon, and what he finds is surprising. Instead of the usual network of corridors and engines, he uncovers animal-like skeletons beneath the surface of science fiction spaceships.
You may not normally think much about your spine, rib cage, and pelvic bones when you sit in an ordinary chair, but Sam Edkins' "Anatomically Correct" seats are more than ordinary. These chairs combine Victorian furniture design with human skeletons and circulation, creating a whimsical object.
A deluge of digital ink has been spilt on the internet over the proper method to dispatch of a zombie — a brain-splaying head shot is the most widely accepted tactic. And yet the threat of the magically resurrected skeleton still goes tragically unrecognized.
Now that Pixar has announced its Dia de los Muertos film, everyone is getting into the calavera spirit, stripping down to their ornately decorated skeletons. See Smurfs and superheroes bare their skulls and flash their marigold eyes.