Archive for April, 2012


Mütter Museum- Craniophile heaven!

April 29, 2012

Number one on our bucket list is definitely a trip to the Mütter museum…. although if we don’t make it in time, we might arrange for ourselves to still get sent!

We were first introduced to the museum when a friend recommended we get a copy of their books of Medical photography- edited by Gretchen Worden.  Not only do these books share and promote their range of fascinating medical specimens, but are also a beautiful collection of photographs.  Perfect coffee table book for the non-squeamish.

The museum houses a wide collection of medical oddities, including a wide variety of skulls.

As well as the skulls they have examples of other skeletal disorders that involve the skull- such as the famous Cephalothoracopagus below.

Cephalo (head) thoraco (chest) agus is a type of conjoined twins where they share or are joined at the head and chest but the rest of the body has developed separately.

More information about the Mütter museum can be found here and the books about which we have been raving are available through their website or on

Have any of our lucky readers been?  We would love to live voyeuristically through your Museum stories!


Developmental disorders of the skull- infographic

April 26, 2012

This is our first attempt at an infographic so we would love your feedback!


Happy (?) ANZAC day

April 25, 2012

Pic from War of Gallipoli tour

Today is the day in Australia where we remember the courage and sacrifice of our troops in war.  Thanks to them we live the wonderful lives we do today, where we can say what we like, eat what we like, make blogs about skulls….

The skull above is held in the Kebatepe war museum in Turkey and is that of a Turkish troop who fought with Australians in the Battle of Gallipoli.  The location of the bullet hole looks to be in the frontal bone just forward of the coronal suture where it meets the parietal bone.  It is a sombre reminder of the horrors that our troops went through in those days of battle.

Lest we forget.


1 of 100 from Noah Scalin at Skull A Day

April 21, 2012

It seems only fitting that our first ‘real’ post as Craniophiles should pay homage to the King of skull blogs- Noah Scalin, curator of Skull-A-Day.

This pic is one of Noah’s own artworks and part of his current ‘100 skulls‘ project.  We like this picture because Noah has captured some of the finer anatomical detail of the skull.  The ‘cracks’ you can see above the nose on the cheekbones are facial sutures which are the places where your skull grows.  And if you look deep into his eyes (sockets) you can see where our eyes head through the skull to meet our brain!

The holes on the cheeks aren’t just for decoration either, we all have them.  The suborbital foramen (fancy name for holes below your eyes!) are channels for blood vessels and nerves to get through your otherwise impenetrable skull!

As the name suggests… they are a few more of these great paintings so follow the link to 100 skulls if you want to see more!


Art and science for lovers of skulls

April 19, 2012

Welcome to craniophiles!  This blog, along with our website (craniophiles) will be a place for lovers of skulls to come and enjoy the beauty and wonder that is the skull.

Please feel free to submit any suggestions for content through comments or our website, keeping in mind that we will not be publishing any NSFW content.