Ologies: Osteology (SKELETONS/BODY FARMS)

Let’s dig right into Spooktober with … BONES. You’re a steak-covered skeleton and it’s nothing to fear.

The amazingly kind and committed osteologist Dr. Daniel J. Wescott of Texas State University’s famed Forensic Anthropology Research Center sits down — surrounded by skulls and femurs and ribs — and chats about how bones are formed, how they break, why they might hurt when the weather changes, what CSI gets wrong, how long it takes a body to decompose, looking for isotopes in found remains, cast iron coffins, skeleton myths, body donation, and more. Will Alie freak out, or will this exposure to hundreds of skeletons under one roof chill her out?¬†Also, dickbones: are they for winners or losers?

Listen via Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Omny or wherever you get your podcasts.



Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama.

Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

Science Topics
Anatomy & Physiology, Biology
Anthropologist, Osteologist
High School
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Adults

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