Bones:  Foundation of the Human Body

What information is found in bones?  Bones are the foundation of the human body.  Without them, we would not walk or stand tall.  Our evolution would have been stopped dead in its tracks in the ocean. The condition of our bones tells us so much about the quality of our lives. Click To Tweet Strong bones show in those that stand straight and tall.  Active people – be it sports or active lifestyles – tend to have a strong, healthy skeleton.  Evidence of weaker bone structure is very often clear in a person’s body language and make-up.  The hunched back of a person with a more hesitant gait often points to osteoporosis.  Curved spines meaning scoliosis, if mild, often are not outwardly visible to an untrained eye.  But as one who suffers from the condition, not keeping active and keeping my back muscles strong results in terrible pain that radiates up my neck, to my head.  On those days, my condition is clearly seen in my facial expression and body language.Hands x-ray

What Information is Found in Bones?

Bones, as they are living tissue, are a great recorder of life events.  It is true you are what you eat but you are also what you breath and absorb through your skin.  Many of the molecules that enter your body will be incorporated in your bones.  Evidence of some diseases will be recorded there. Bones become a diary, if you will, of your travels – different places, different molecules accumulate. Toils in life - broken bones, arthritis and other diseases - leave their marks on your bones. Click To Tweet

As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after. — Arthur Conan Doyle

Our Bones Live On

After we are dead and gone from this life, our bones live on.  Archaeologists in the future may excavate bones left by humans today and learn much about our culture such as rates of arthritis and osteoarthritis.  Bone fractures can show much about our culture’s disposition. Height, race and relative health of a population can all be extrapolated from human bones. Click To Tweet An individuals sex, age at death and possibly cause of death can also be determined by examination of bones.  DNA, especially mitochondrial DNA can often be extracted from bone providing a more detailed genetic relationship of the bones to other populations and isotope studies can often show a great deal about the diet of the group contributing to cultural information about that particular group of humans.

Bones Don’t Lie

Archaeologists and anthropologists have an important job in society.  They give information to the history of human kind that would otherwise remain lost in the sands of time.  Bones don’t lie but they can be difficult to interpret.  These scientists are the ultimate puzzle enthusiasts divulging meaning from the bones we leave behind.

 

Our bones are physical evidence left behind but our actions too may leave their mark on the world.  Please leave your mark on this post by adding some feedback in the comments below! 🙂

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