Monday, January 16, 2012

Owls and Anatomy

The Little Man is covering the Human Skeleton in school for science these days. Always a cool subject in my book... however one day this week he missed school, and the highlight of that was we got to bring home some science homework!!!

I give you Owl Pellet dissection 101:
First you observe the pellet in it's wholeness ("hard and very rough... and brown" were the decided upon adjectives... I thought those were well chosen).

Then you start to take it apart.

 Delicacy is key here, the contents of the pellet are very fragile!

Then at some point, Mom remembers the forgotten digital microscope he got for Xmas a few years back! Go Mom!

Wow Mom, homework is fun! (Which is what I was thinking in my head while I was taking the picture... he never actually said that, but you can keep a secret, right?)

Picture of the still-very-hairy mouse bone:

The full assortment we excavated from the furry mass:

Found: one jaw bone, a couple of vertebrae, definite femur and tibia... and a few things we had to assume were some radius/ulna. We also think we found a scapula, but it was really hard to tell.

Then he identified and placed the bones and taped them on the paper. Nice work Dude!

Can any of you remember 3rd grade homework that was so cool?? I sure don't!

1 comment:

  1. So cool and so gross ... at the same time!