All About Bone

GENINT 731.274

Osher (50+). In this course we explore bone composition and disorders, as well as the long life of bones as historical markers. 

Remote Instruction
Starting at $105.00
As few as 5 weeks

About this course:

Because of its unique properties, bone, while completely concealed, supports vertebrate life. Then later, when revealed, bone reflects Earth’s history and human culture. The course begins with a description of bone’s composition, structure, names, shapes, and growth patterns. We then discuss the medical specialists who treat bone’s maladies: fractures and other bone disorders including the ways viruses can attack our skeleton. The focus turns to the contributions of pioneering bone doctors and some of the ingenious treatments available for diseased or missing skeletal segments. A review of bone imaging techniques concludes the discourse on concealed bone. After life, bones may be revealed, sometimes even millions of years later, when they become historical markers. The course continues with how paleontologists, archaeologists, and anthropologists use bone to interpret Earth’s history, including the course of animal life on it. We highlight man’s remarkable and varied use of bone to make spiritual items, weapons, implements, amusements, and adornments. At the end of the course, participants will have a heightened appreciation for this remarkable tissue.  

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Thursday 1:00PM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
Location: Remote Learning
Instructor: Roy Meals
76 days left. Enroll by Aug 13, 2020
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Plus members pay only $31 for this course. Visitors not permitted. Please download a free version of zoom at to participate in this course.

You must be a current member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCLA to enroll in this course. To become a member, proceed with enrolling in an OLLI course and you will be prompted to purchase a membership during checkout. For more information about OLLI, visit the Osher website.



Refund Deadline
No refunds after August 21, 2020
Thu Aug 13, 2020
1:00PM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
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Thu Aug 20, 2020
1:00PM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
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Thu Aug 27, 2020
1:00PM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
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Thu Sep 3, 2020
1:00PM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
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Thu Sep 10, 2020
1:00PM PDT - 3:00PM PDT
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