With growing fascination for the large land vertebratomorphs that are so startlingly diverse on Tatooine, I secured Imperial funding for an expedition to Tatooine, to survey the exotic megafauna and search for fossils of Tyrannodraconis that might further illuminate their evolution. My ensuing report
summarizes my trilogy of investigations and discoveries from this “holiday in the suns." [more inside]
The Morbid Anatomy Museum
, a treasure trove of pathological and funereal curiosities, antique medical models, and anatomical art pledged to "exploring the intersections of death, beauty, and that which falls between the cracks," has opened its doors to the public
in Gowanus, Brooklyn. [more inside]
Ever wonder what was inside
the Pillsbury Dough Boy? Well, now you can find out
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The Nazi Anatomists.
"How the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics."
The Course of Their Lives.
While much in medicine has changed over the last century, the defining course of a first year medical student's education is still 'Gross Anatomy.' This is their hands-on tour of a donated cadaver -- an actual human body -- and is an experience which cannot be replicated by computer models. When Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mark Johnson came up with the idea of following a med school gross anatomy class for a feature story, his editor challenged him to make it different. So he chose to intertwine the students' stories with that of Geraldine 'Nana' Fotsch, a living future donor, as sort of a stand-in for the cadaver. (Via
. This four-part series contains descriptions of a human dissection. Some may find it disturbing.
) [more inside]
Teaching Cliteracy 101: "It is a curious dilemma to observe the paradox that on the one hand the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality, its use saturates advertising, art and the mainstream erotic imaginary. Yet, the clitoris, the true female sexual organ, is virtually invisible."
~ Artist Sophia Wallace
is using street art
and an art exhibition
that incorporates pithy slogans, 'scientific data, historical information as well as references to architecture, porn, pop culture and human rights' to make "the case for the clit"
. (Links throughout this post may be NSFW.) [more inside]
[All links probably NSFW] Ingrid Berthon-Moine
is a London-based photographer whose latest series Marbles
focuses specifically on the testicles of Classical Greek statuary. Hyperallergic asks her why
"Young ladies, indelibly fix this shape of head in your memories. Any man who will make a natural, kind and true husband will have a head in outline from a side view like this." Phrenology Diagrams from Vaught's Practical Character Reader (1902)
. Full 268-page book available
in the LOC's Internet Archive.
Anatomy is a respected medical science, aims at a better knowledgement of human body structures. there were two books in Anatomy that made a lot of controversy, the first one is Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy
by Eduard Pernkopf, and the second one is The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice
by by Professors R. Frederick Becker, James S. W. Wilson, and John A. Gehweiler. [more inside]
Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza
uses embroidery and fabric mixed with drawings and photo transfers to create "human and animal bodies that cause tenderness and terror alike." [brief bio in Spanish
Her latest works, ANIMALES FAMILIARES, depict surprising animal and human interactions. Past works detail anatomy
and tackle modes of dress, makeup, and disguises
. [Links may contain artistic nudity, Spanish]
Glass anatomical models:
"Gary Farlow [...] and his team of 10 at Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing are able to transform the body’s vasculature—and nearly all of its other parts—into an ornate borosilicate glass sculpture, from the heart’s ventricles to the brain’s circle of Willis[...]Their anatomically correct models can be designed to simulate blood flow, teach placement of catheters and angioplasty devices, or simply test or demo new surgical gizmos. Individual arteries, veins, and capillaries are shaped and fused together, one at a time."
"In March 2012, following the brutal attack of three rhinos by poachers seeking horn, Dr. William Fowlds, the wildlife veterinarian treating the rhinos, contacted WitmerLab
for insight into the anatomical structure of the horn, skull, and nasal cavity of rhinos
. The poachers had used machetes to hack off the horns, leaving deep wounds in the face and exposing the delicate mucous membranes of the paranasal air sinuses and nasal cavity." The result of this partnership was the Visible Interactive Rhino
. For more rhinoceros anatomy, check out photos from a rhinoceros dissection
from What's in John's Freezer? (previously
). [more inside]
Clinical assistant professor of kinesiology Chris Geiser at Marquette University explains why it hurts so damn much when you stub your toe
How do we have insights, and where does inspiration come from? Jonah Lehrer goes inside Bob Dylan's brain to find out
...the "neural correlate of insight": the anterior superior temporal gyrus (aSTG). This small fold of tissue, located on the surface of the right hemisphere just above the ear, became unusually active in the seconds before the epiphany
. [more inside]
Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery: Get ready, everybody — it's time you were brought up to speed on some important features of the female anatomy.
(possibly NSFW: some diagrams of internal anatomy) [more inside]
"I can’t even tell you how excited I was to finally see the cards that “killed my grandfather” and drove my family into extreme poverty. I actually think Haruo did a pretty good job interpreting my grandfather’s original sketch, considering the severely confusing nature of his drawing. It’s anybody’s guess as what my grandfather expected to get back, but needless to say it wasn’t this beautiful card.
" Bradwick J. McGinty III tells the story of the Japanese cut-away Santa cards from 1955
, similar in style to the yōkai
illustrations seen previously. (via
Love Your Vagina Song
(nsfw) "...starring over 25 names submitted to the loveyourvagina poll, which asked women from across the world what they call theirs
. You gave us 14,000 different names, and there are still more coming in every day!" (via copyranter)
obsessively covers the use of human anatomy in medicine, art, and design."
A discussion on BBC Radio 4 of Robert Burton's 17th-century compendium The Anatomy Of Melancholy.
Examining the medical, literary, political, and religious influences of this enormous work, as well as how it contributed to those same fields over its many years of revisions and continuing popularity. Not exactly thorough (how could it be?) but an interesting listen.
is a new exhibition from Duke University Special Collections that examines the beautiful intricacies of anatomical flap books. [more inside]
It was Alex St. Martin
's gory musket injury that paved the way for cow fistulation
, a hands-on method to explore
the inner workings
of bovine digestion
A busy day for Google, as it soft-launches BodyBrowser (latest betas of Safari, Firefox and Chrome required.)
. Using a combination of HTML5 with the
tag with WebGL
(essentially plugin-free OpenGL for 3D on the web), BodyBrowser makes the human body as accessible as a mapping application.
A knitted skeleton seated atop a pyramid of Borden’s condensed milk cans and a cloud of screen prints on Plexi glass suspended above it. The knitted skeleton is seated in the lotus position. The prints are of disembodied anatomical parts photographed in high resolution with diagrammatic illustrative overlays.
Transcending the Material by Ben Cuevas
[nsfw]. [more inside]
In a Michelangelo Fresco, Visions of a Brain Stem.
"It has been hiding in plain sight for the past 500 years, and now two Johns Hopkins professors believe they have found it
: one of Michelangelo’s rare anatomical drawings in a panel
high on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
. Michelangelo was a conscientious student of human anatomy and enthusiastically dissected corpses throughout his life, but few of his anatomical drawings survive. This one, a depiction of the human brain and brain stem, appears to be drawn on the neck of God, but not all art historians can see it there."
High End Monitors Medical Imaging" presents: Pin-Up 2010
, an x-ray pinup calendar. (Possibly NSFW)
Eighteenth century obstetric engravings by Jan van Rymsdyk
Dutch illustrator van Rymsdyk
(also spelled van Riemsdyk
) was working in England when he made 31 engravings for William Hunter's The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus
. Recent research suggests
Hunter and his fellow pioneer of obstetrics William Smellie may have been responsible for the murders of some 40 pregnant women in order to gain corpses for their anatomical research.
is an illustrated guide to yōkai
authored by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki
. [more inside]
In honor of the 5th season premiere of Grey's Anatomy
let's you make very pink "Obamacon-styled" avatars in support of a breast cancer non-profit org called the "Feel Your Boobies Foundation"
(Gallery inevitably contains NSFW images).
is a single-topic blog, and the topic is things that look like penises (via Inquisitr
, which perfectly calls it "a blog of dicks"). NSFAnyoneNoticingResemblances
And for your non-prurient anatomical interest, here are Weird Al's Brain
(as seen at various county fairs
) and his Pancreas
An Artist's Guide to Human Types
"If I needed to draw someone from [a] specific part of the world, what would I need to know about his or her physical characteristics?" The author
, a well-traveled
Lebanese artist, also has a graphic novel
Gather 'Round the Cadaver!
: A new "coffee-table
" book, Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine
is a new collection of photographs documenting
what happened when bored medical students of the early 1900s met the camera.
A short history of anatomical maps
provides an overview of the evolution of anatomical knowledge and the visual documentation that accompanied it.
Watch the skull “explode” and reconstruct! Zoom and spin the torso to expose a little or reveal everything! Get a grasp of the inner workings of the human shoulder! Get inside this head! Interactive three dimensional views of various anatomical structures
is a wonderful and remarkably complete resource to learn about the systems that keep our body running, including the skeletal
and even urinary
systems. What's more amazing is that it's all created by one man in his spare time and for no gain of his own. Read his mission statement here.
Get your learn on. 180+ ways of investigating the human brain = hours of fun for the whole family.
Thanks to an innocuous question by a 5 year old, my entire evening is now being spent investigating and discussing the structure and workings of the human brain. This flash site lets you explore the workings of the brain according to 12 subject areas (each with subtopics which are not included in the "180" count), within each of which are 5 levels of organization from social to molecular, within each of which are three levels of explanation (beginner, intermediate, and advanced.) discovered via Wikipedia.
Overlooked or ignored for far too long by the medical establishment, twisty balloon dog anatomy
and gummi bear anatomy
are just two of the crucial areas that Moist Production
's Jason Freeny
is working to bring wider attention to. He's also to be commended for his tireless efforts in raising awareness of Disney character suicide and death by unexplainable circumstance. And there's free downloadable desktops, kids! [1 or 2 of the pages at Moist maybe NSFW] [more inside]
is an artist and photographer whose work often includes sideshow themes
. He recently returned from Europe having been allowed to photograph a number of anatomy museum exhibits
. He has also contributed to a Flickr group entitled “Bottled Babies
”, which , in a previous era, were known as “Pickled Punks”.