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The eSkeletons Project

The eSkeletons Project

This interactive site allows participants to learn about skeletal anatomy by viewing the bones of a human, chimpanzee, and baboon. Users select a bone from the list of four bone types on the skeletal image, and launch the bone viewer. A detailed look at each bone from six viewing angle options is provided along with the option to select another bone or make a comparison with another species (chimpanzee or baboon). The Comparative Anatomy section enables users to make direct comparisons of bones. The material is appropriate for science teacher education as it illustrates how careful observation leads one to wonder about the dizzying beauty of a planet that works by bringing us one different creature after another.

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Arnie Schoenberg
Arnie Schoenberg (Faculty)
2 years ago

I link to this site in my Introduction to Physical Anthropology class during the primatology component to let students explore the relationship between osteology and taxonomy. 

The detail of the pictures is excellent.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Jamie Medlock
Jamie Medlock (Student)
4 years ago
This website is extremely engaging and interactive. The animations, pictures, and the detailed descriptions provide a multitude of entry ways of information. The website allows both the teacher and the student to explore our ancestral history in a fun and informative manner. I would most definitely utilize this website as supplemental material when covering a lesson on human evolution. In addition, this website is highly useful when comparing different species and how they have evolved over time.
Aftab Merchant
Aftab Merchant (Faculty)
5 years ago

Good resource for comparative anatomy.

Maria Alejandra Saez
5 years ago

Material que es de mucha utilidad en el aula con alumnos de la carrera de Técnico en Enfermería o Prevención de Riesgos.

Time spent reviewing site: 35 minutos
Shainna Breslow
Shainna Breslow (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

Awesome learning tool for the students, would need teacher scaffolding.

Technical Remarks:

Excellent graphics, easy to navigate.

Time spent reviewing site: 10min
Robin Blackman
Robin Blackman (Faculty)
6 years ago

This is an excellent site for anyone studying the anatomy.  I had heard about this, but it far exceeded my expectations.  This site allows students to challenge and quiz themselves on the various bones.  Great for middle school though higher education. The detail is awesome.

Timothy Comer
Timothy Comer (Teacher (K-12))
7 years ago

 

I have been using this site as a student for years.  As a teacher, it is well organized and easy to navigate.  Furthermore, images of the bones are easily captured for incorporating into worksheets or PowerPoint presentations.  A great resource to find uniform images of bones.

 

Jessica Volpe
Jessica Volpe (Student)
8 years ago
This tool was incredibly useful in not only explaining, but showing the similarities and differences in human bones and other animals. In terms of understanding evolution, it drives home the idea that we all came from one similar ancestor.

Technical Remarks:

This website was very unique in that it allowed one to look at particular bones from six different angles. It allowed me to really see the similarities and differences. I also found the site very easy to navigate. Most importantly, the site made learning about bones fun, interactive, and interesting.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent a great deal of time comparing the bones of Humans to that of Gibbons, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and Baboons. I also spent a lot of time looking over the F&Q page on the website which proved to be a wealth of information.
Julia Stirling
9 years ago
I was highly impressed with this site. It allows the viewers to see bones in a very realistic way, from different angles and views, and compare the bones to different specimens. Since it would be very difficult to get the array of bones represented in this site present in a classroom, the site allows students to interact with many different kinds of bones that wouldn't be available to them in real life. I especially like the comparative feature on the site. It would be very useful in a lesson on the evolution of mammals, and would allow students to see the similarities and differences between the bones of different mammals. This site would be very useful as a supplementary resource for a lesson and would allow students to navigate at their own pace, as well as investigate bones and comparisons of bones that they are interested in. There are many different bones to choose from, so students would have many choices and be able to see many different kinds of bones. I would also be able to use this site for the students to learn the names of the different bones. It is different to learn the name of a bone and point to it on your body compared to seeing the actual bone, from all different angles. Seeing the bone would allow visual learners to connect that image to the name, and see the same bone in different mammals. The site would appeal to other learners as well, since there is a lot of interaction and options for students to explore anatomy. I think this site is very useful for teachers and students in the study of anatomy and would benefit many different types of users. Even as I was navigating, I kept saying "Wow" out loud because it really gives you a picture of what our bones look like inside our body. I have never experienced that before and look forward to sharing it with my students someday.

Technical Remarks:

Everything was very easy to navigate through and could be easily used by a student or teacher. A teacher could also easily give directions to a student to go to specific bones and look at specific information. A student could also easily explore on his or her own and learn about the bones they are interested in or having trouble learning the names of. Everything was organized in a logical way and a user wouldn't have trouble finding the information they needed to find.
Spencer Schwandt
Spencer Schwandt (Student)
9 years ago
I actually liked being able to look in depth to bone structures in the bodies of humans as well as baboons, this shows the differences in our anatomies as well as the striking similarities, it really makes sense to as why we are so directly related in the evolutionary chain

Technical Remarks:

the resource worked smoothly and was enjoyable to work with
Time spent reviewing site: went through multiple bones and compared a few as well, spent about 20 minutes looking into the differences of bone structures and individual bones
Ronald Wagner
Ronald Wagner (Faculty)
9 years ago
This resource will complement an introductory anatomy class nicely. Uses HTML so the materials are easily accessible, no plugins needed.
Kelly Sullivan
Kelly Sullivan (Student)
9 years ago
This will be great for the evolution section.
Paul Kirkpatrick
Paul Kirkpatrick (Student)
9 years ago
A very good source on comparitive anotomy
stephen fedele
stephen fedele (Staff)
9 years ago
I have seen this contribution before, though I will agree with you , it is something to be seen. I enjoyed it myself.
Monica Bravo
Monica Bravo (Faculty)
9 years ago
great pictures. perfect for compare/contrast activity.
Brandi Miller
Brandi Miller (Student)
9 years ago
Good for anatomy or zoology, good for comparative anatomy. Provides detailed pictures of individual bones in multiple views.
Danny Tovar
Danny Tovar (Student)
9 years ago
The close up views of these pictures are awesome. This website is useful for comparative anatomy! Thanks.
Stefanie Chow Vertrees
9 years ago
This is really neat for students to have a comparison between animals. This is also great as more schools add a physiology and anatomy course.
Dr. Troy Tenhet
Dr. Troy Tenhet (Faculty)
9 years ago
Wow! I have never seen anything like this! Very sophisticated.

Technical Remarks:

Confusing at first...User might need to be kind of proficient...
Ruth Markulis
Ruth Markulis (Administrator)
10 years ago
This is truly an amazing resource! There is a clear statment of mission and very sophisticated technology and taxonomies are used in an interactive flash card approach that allows the user to drill down for more information and also compare objects to one another. This site is truly impressive.
Vito Dipinto
Vito Dipinto (Faculty)
10 years ago
This would be an excellent resource for teachers who do not have access to actual or replicated primate bones and/or articulated skeletons. For students, this site provides incredibly detailed photographs of bones from a variety of views. In addition it allows the student to make side-by-side comparison of primate bone structures. This allows the teacher to assign homework using this site rather than printed texts which usually do not have the kind of detail needed for comparative an anatomy.
Katie Connolly
Katie Connolly (Student)
12 years ago
As I went through this website I found it very easy to use and very helpful. It
was easy to find specific bones in an array of different types of skeletons;
which were all sorted for the viewer. The site allowed you to find a specific
bone in a pull down menu and then would open a new page with an in depth and
close up picture of the bone. It also allowed you to view the bone from
different angles and perspectives. This site also provided the user with a
glossary and a help section which were very useful. Overall the site would be
very useful in any anatomy or biology lesson or class.

Technical Remarks:

This site was easily navigable with the help of color coded scroll
down menu and colorfully highlighted links. The format of the site was
organized in a helpful manner.
Used in course? Yes
Ashley Phillips
Ashley Phillips (Student)
12 years ago
I looked through the website and spent time trying different things. I think
that this website is easy for people to navigate through and answers your
questions. The glossary is very nice to have, so you can look up the things you
don't know. Also, it is interactive and can keep students interested while they
are learning.
Used in course? Yes
Holly McGeehon
Holly McGeehon (Student)
12 years ago
I thoroughly looked over the website and found it to be a very useful website.
It had a glossary where definations of many bones could be found. It also
showed the bones of several animals. It labelled all the bones and located
them. I found this website extremely useful in teaching units on bones.
Students could go to this website and be active when exploring the different
bones. I think this will help to engage the students in active learning which
will make them learn more. The website is easy to figure out how to use.
Used in course? Yes
Cailean Bailey
Cailean Bailey (Student)
12 years ago
I think that this website offers a great deal of virtual information. It allows
an uninformed user like myself to easily navigate and compare the different
skeletal stuctures. I would definitly recommend this for any anatomy/physiology
class. I spent about 15 minutes comparing different bone structures. The
quality of the content was very well organized and informative. The user is
easily able to compare skeletal structures without ever touching the skeleton
itself. A website of this sort can enhance any user a great amount. This
website represents the growing process of the virtual learning environment.

Technical Remarks:

Technically this website is easily navigable for the beginning users. It offers
complex terminology and compelling diagrams that a new user can understand.
This site also allows the users to navigate similar websites through hot links.
It also permits us to use a glossary to help define scientific terminology that
users might not comprehend. Overall this site can greatly improve the
knowledge of its users by using comparitive structures and through definitions.

Used in course? Yes
Mary Rees
Mary Rees (Faculty)
15 years ago
I found this site to be very easy to use,informative and very interactive. It
has very good images. I feel it would be a strong addition for anatomy or
evolution studies.

Technical Remarks:

Technically this site is very user friendly and yet offer a lot of high quality
images.
Jessica Napoli
Jessica Napoli (Student)
17 years ago
I really enjoyed this website. It was very easy to find,easy to use, and the
quality of both the information and the pictures was fantastic. This resources
would be beneficial to anyone studying anatomy.