Posts Tagged ‘skull anatomy’


Ecce Animal – Diddo

August 16, 2014

I am going to assume that you were not all totally asleep like I was and missed this one… or maybe it wasn’t reported in the Southern Hemisphere… but this skull is made out of cocaine!

While the sound of it does give me mental images of Dr Rockso (if you haven’t watched Metalocalypse please do, you are missing out) the skull itself is really much less vulgar than the rock’n’roll clown is making me picture.


Dr Rockso – he does cocaine.

In fact, it is really quite beautiful. The piece is really well proportioned considering it is made of an illegal substance. It has very well defined ramus of the mandible and angular zygomatic bones.

He sure is pretty (we’re calling it a him because of his wide, square jaw)!

The artist Diddo has it listed on his website as a commissioned piece so your chances of seeing it in person are pretty slim. We can only hope it has taken pride of place in someone’s collection and hasn’t accidentally been snorted.


How to put a name to a (skull) face Part 2- Gender.

November 13, 2012

And for part 2 in our exploration of putting a name to a skull face today we are talking about…..

…Sexing a skull

We promise this is nowhere near as lewd as it sounds.  Or as fun… no actually take that last bit back, everything to do with skulls is fun!
So as with the skull of Ned Kelly we looked at previously, it is pretty unlikely to find a skull with a big beard or a pretty bow in its hair to tell us whether it is male or female.  That doesn’t mean that a skull can’t tell you what gender it is though.


There are a few factors which can help in indicating the gender such as overall size and weight, bone thickness and size of the cranial vault (brain box) but these are not necessarily as accurate as the other features you can check.

Picture credit here

Two of these features can be seen on the skull diagram above and they are supraorbital ridges and mastoid process.  The mastoid process is basically a bump at the back of the temporal bone that is obviously developed in the male (left) but small or absent as seen with the female on the right.  The supraorbital ridge, or brow ridge, is above the eyes under where your eyebrows sit (hence the name!).  In males there is an obvious bump or ridge here, whereas in females it is less obvious and again, often smooth or non existent.
There is also often a difference in the shape of the jaw with that on a male being more squared and a female being more rounded, and the same trend often rings true with the eye sockets as seen more obviously in the front on picture below.

Picture credit here


Hope you learned something here, we sure did.  Happy skull sexing!!


Jeff Srsic

July 21, 2012

Today we have another artist that we found while tredging through the internet.  Very glad we did though because again, there is some very awesome work happening there!  Jeff Srsic is an artist and tattooer from the US… and that is about all we know!  Among all sorts of art and tattoos on his blog however, there are some very cool skulls.

So… this guy has a few of our old favourites- an infraorbital foramen on his cheek, orbital fissures, nasal concha, the plate of the ethnoid bone (the nostril divider) in his nose hole and a super set of pearly whites (beiges).  The feature of this painted we like the best though, is his facial sutures.  The junction betwee the zygomatic (cheek) and maxilla (top lip) bones is super realistic.  He also has a nasofrontal suture right up the top of the picture. 

If you want to see more, head to his blog– or straight to the tattoo shop in Florida- RedLetter1!

So much of the awesome skull art we see is coming from tattoo artists, makes us wish we had more skin!



June 30, 2012

We have only recently discovered this guy, and we are glad we did.  We are in awe! 

His work is simply so beautiful and to top things off, a hell of a lot of it includes skulls- Craniophile heaven!

and what else do we love on skull paintings… anatomy!  This handsome fellow has a infraorbital foramen on his cheek, nasal concha in his nose (remember we spoke about them here?) and orbital fissures.  Additionally he appears to have chipped his tooth on a particularly crunchy moth, revealing pulp chamber in a couple of his front chompers- if he was living, this ‘hole’ would be full of dental pulp, veins and nerves (and he would be a bit sore). 

Jon MDC maintains a number of sites, which are all linked from the main site here.  Keep your eyes open, I have spotted a few things for sale, or if you are really keen, get in contact and get him to do a commissioned piece for you!

Next time we are in the UK, we are definitely hitting this guy up for a tattoo!


Some skulls lie!

June 12, 2012

But don’t blame the skulls, it’s not their fault!



SKULL APPRECIATION DAY (week)!! Day 7- Beauchene skulls

June 10, 2012

And here we are… the final day of our Skull Appreciation Day (week)!  Thank you to everyone who has made suggestions for posts and we apologise to anyone if we didn’t have time to talk about your favourite skull- we only had room for 7!!  Please keep sending us any suggestions you have, it might not be skull appreciation day (week) anymore, but we will keep appreciating skulls all year round and are always looking for great skulls to admire!

We think we have saved the best for last- todays skull is not one skull in particular, but rather a skull related process.  Beauchening (we may have just invented that word…) is a process by where a skull is fully disarticulated (taken apart) and reassembled on a frame to allow a view of all the individual bones which make the skull.  You may have spotted an example in our first post of the S.A.D. week here, sitting in front of Max.

This type of preparation has regularly been attributed to a French anatomist Claude Beauchene, however, apparently this is not the case….

Pic from here.

A recently published (and very interesting) paper by Spinner et al aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding the technique.  The paper is available through Clinical Anatomy here.  Briefly, it traces the technique from early Da Vinci sketches, through work by  Chaisson and Hildebrand and finally crediting the technique to Edme Francois Chauvot de Beauchene (1780-1830).

Pic from here.

A resurgence in popularity can be credited to shows such as Science Channels Oddities, with their resident Beauchener (another word we may have made up) Ryan Matthew Cohn.  Prepare to be totally mesmerised by his website, and if you simply must have one- he does sometimes have them for sale.

Looks like you might have to fight him for that one though!


Chris Peters- finding beauty in the macabre

May 16, 2012

Today we are going to introduce you to another of our favourite artists- Chris Peters.

He has an uncanny ability to capture emotion in his paintings- surely harder than it sounds since his models are all skeletons!

We will share a couple of our favourites here, for obvious reasons…

This painting “The sky above” is the first painting we have seen of a skull from that angle!  It gives us a good view of the palate and the Foramen Magnum (translate- big hole where your spinal cord meets your brain).  You might recall we admired some Foramen in an earlier post- here.

And in this painting “Loves Memorial” we get a double whammy of skull anatomy with a coronal and squamosal sutures on the skull on the left and another foramen magnum in the skull on the right!

You can find out more about Chris and his art at his website here, or through Copro and Last Rites Galleries and if you are lucky enough to live in New York, get yourself down to his latest offering “The soul never sleeps“.

And because we just can’t get enough… we will leave you with a Prayer…