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The Nail in the CoffinEpisode SummaryA family out camping has a corpse fall on them. Saroyan calls Booth but asks Brennan to stay home, since she thinks there may be a Ghost Killer link. Brennan disobeys and comes to the scene anyway. Edison, who is on the scene first, notes the lack of a prominent glabella, suggesting the victim was female. Based on predation, blowflies, and road beetles, Hodgins estimates she's been dead 8 to 10 days. Brennan immediately looks for an avulsion […]
Came across this blog post on the so-called salt mummies of Iran, which has pictures of the mummies on display in the Zanjan Museum... which seems to need an osteologist. These are two shots of one mummy, from the feet and from the head. Check out the tibiae/fibulae and humeri. Those are wonky, no?Saltman no. 2 , currently on display in Zanjan Musem.By Mardetanha (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL […]
The Cold in the CaseEpisode SummaryA body is found in a swampy area in a new subdivision. Brennan concludes based on the vertical frontal bone and mental eminence of the mandible that the body belonged to a female in her mid-30s. The prominent maxilla apparently means to Brennan that she was Caucasian. Animals seem to have eaten the hands and feet but curiously not the meatier parts. Brennan notes extensive fracturing to the bones but does not think it relates to blunt force trauma. Time […]
Oh come on, Slate. I would expect this from Buzzfeed, but not you.Original LinkDictionary entry for Slate headline-writing-internh/t Arum ParkPrevious installments of Who needs a classicist?Bones needs a classicist.
The High in the LowEpisode SummaryAs police chase an escaped criminal, the man finds a dead body in a hollow log he's attempting to hide in. He freaks out. Brennan and Booth, who are at a shooting range so Booth can practice for his shooty-runny-thinky FBI exam, get the call about the body and head out to Great Falls National Park which, amazingly, is actually close to D.C. The body has been shoved into a tree stump two miles from the nearest road. Most of the bugs are residents of […]
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