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Imagine That! - Eskeletons

Imagine That!
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Imagine That! - Eskeletons

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Museum displays are cool, but you often can't get near them! Now a new website puts skeletons right in front of your nose!

Imagine that!

Anatomy can be a tough subject to grasp -- in a lot of ways! Having access to skeletons and samples to examine and hold in your own hands can make it a bit more digestible, but those great tools aren't available to everyone. So to help bring more knowledge to more people, John Kappelman, an anthropology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, created the eskeleton website.

At, you can look at 3-d skeletons, examine the c-t scan of a skull, and make joints move by moving your own computer mouse. The website opens up a whole new interactive world for anyone interested in paleontology, anthropology, biology, anatomy, and many other sciences.

Kappelman: "It evens out the learning potential there for different students. Their access to learning materials can be quite different, so at many schools, the materials are simply not there for the students to be able to learn their anatomy in a first hand way."

Kappelman's project also posts rare and endangered animal skeletons on the website, usually kept under lock and key at museums for preservation purposes.

Thanks to the eskeleton project, researchers are now bringing skeletons to life for students worldwide. I'm Eric Phillips.

"Imagine That!" covers projects funded by the U.S. government's National Science Foundation. Federally sponsored research -- brought to you by you! Learn more at nsf. gov.

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