All About Bone
Osher (50+). In this course we explore bone composition and disorders, as well as the long life of bones as historical markers.
What you can learn.
- Identify bone names and composition
- Understand functions of bones and what happens when they do not function properly or are injured
- Identify bone imaging techniques and technology
- Identify history of bone use in science and culture
About this course:
Because of its unique properties, bone supports vertebrate life and then later can reflect Earth’s history and human culture. This course begins with a description of bone’s composition, structure, names, shapes, and growth patterns. We then discuss fractures and other bone disorders, the medical specialists who treat them, the contributions of pioneering bone doctors, and some of the ingenious treatments available for diseased or missing skeletal segments. The third week ends by reviewing bone imaging techniques and glimpsing into the future. In the final two weeks, we look at the long life of bones as historical markers—how paleontologists, archaeologists, and anthropologists use bones to interpret Earth’s history, including the course of animal life on it. We also highlight man’s remarkable and varied use of bones to make spiritual items, weapons, implements, amusements, and adornments.