Posts Tagged ‘skull’

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Skulls of famous artists – Mimi Ilnitskaya

March 21, 2016

I love these. I love these a lot.

Skulls of famous arists by Mimi Ilnitskaya.

They are all wonderful obviously, but this one is my favourite.

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Salvador Dali by Mimi Ilnitskaya

As well as a number of famous Dali-esque features, including that wonderful moustache, the image is wonderfully anatomical.

He has nice clear coronal and squamous sutures, mental foramen and an appropriate number of teeth.

The elephant legs might not be anatomically accurate however…

Es maravilloso (or so says google translate…)

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Momento Mori II – Emily Evans

May 10, 2015

Emily Evans has, quite possibly, the best job in the world. What allows her to have this job (and prevents people like me from having it…) is obviously a fairly hefty dose of genuine talent.

As a professional medical illustrator she spends her days blurring the boundaries between art and science.

In addition to a very impressive collection of technical drawings, she has a number of ‘less rigid’ but still scientifically and anatomically accurate (squee!) pieces worthy of admiration.

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Momento Mori II – Emily Evans

This magnificent lady is not just a pretty face. The Momento Mori II image is also a beautiful skull.

In addition to a perky quiff and rosebud lips, this chick is sporting infraorbital (on her cheeks) and mental (on her chin) foramen, darling nasal bones and sutures around the zygomatic bones.

And, if that pic is not enough for you, it is well worth a visit to the website where you can pick up all sorts of cool stuff including skull cushions and skull wall paper. Yes, you read that right, skull wall paper.

If anyone is trying to work out what I want for xmas, I want this. I want it a lot.

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The Great Passage – Kris Kuksi

July 14, 2013

Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about Jesus.

Did I say Jesus….?  Sorry I mean Kris Kuksi.

You may be familiar with his amazing, incredible, phenomenal (I dont think I can give enough adjectives describe the level of awesome involved here) sculptures, but were you aware that he also has a series of sketches and paintings? They are, as you can imagine, all very beautifully detailed – and of course our favourite involves a skull…

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Pic credit: Kris Kuksi

We got to see a bit of the base of the skull in our previous post about Chris Peters, but this picture is by far the best view we have seen yet. Meet The Great Passage – a picture no doubt named for its view of the foramen magnum. And while on the topic of foramen, if you look closely at the roof of this guys mouth, you will see the incisive foramen, a small opening behind the front teeth. Like the ones we have spoken about previously on the face, this one is also a tunnel for blood vessels and nerves to pass through the bone.

If you want to see more (and I highly recommend that you should) he can be found on his website and facebook page. There are even a few things for sale on his website… but if you are like me and cant afford the real thing, you can buy his book Divination and Delusion and drool over the pictures there!

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The Royal (lion) skull

May 28, 2013

If you have even been to the Tower of London you will know that it can be an overwhelming sight.  But now imagine that, with lions!

For many years, the Royal family kept a kind of zoo – the Royal Menagerie – which held animals that had been gifted from influential friends and followers.

I have to be honest, I am personally glad that the Royal Menagerie no longer exists, because lets be honest, its no place for a lion. The sad thing is though, that because it is no longer, we can’t meet these old Barbary lions that are now extinct in the wild… not a live version anyway.

You can however, pop into the Natural History Museum in London and introduce yourself to the skull of a Royal lion.

The museum collection holds two skulls that were recovered from the grounds of the Tower of London during excavations in 1937.

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Tough day at the office Barbary lion? Cos lets be honest, who hasnt wanted to bite the face off the person next to you while at work? Pic credit – Mirror UK/Rick Findler/Barcroft

The skulls have given scientists a cool insight into the lives of the lions in the Royal menagerie, including the fact that their diet was probably inadequate – visible by malformation of the foramen magnum.

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Pic credit – Natural History Museum

The skull here, as you can see, is a veritable nerdgasm of craniophile goodness. It has a good set of (super sharp) canine teeth, some visible nasal concha, a massive infraorbital foramen below his eyes and two neat mental foramen on the lower jaw.

So if you are heading to the Natural History Museum, or anywhere close, head in and meet the lion!  Say hi for us, Barbary Lion and I go way back (I’m an ex-queen you see).

As a side note, does anyone else love the word menagerie?

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Another whale of a time with skull hide and seek

May 16, 2013

You may remember my previous post about Ned Kelly as the skull hide and seek champion… but now, I think he has some heavy duty competition for the title.

The skull of a Bryde’s whale – property of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – has gone AWOL from a beach on the South end of the Great Southern Land (Australia for any non-Icehouse fans out there… not that that is possible).

At 2m long, approximately 100kg and 100% stinky, you would imagine that the skull would have been to difficult to take from the beach, but that didnt stop some exuberant skull collector! Or maybe the Bryde’s skull thought it would take the opportunity to see some of the sights in Tasmania – a state renowned for its natural beauty (and some awesome breweries and a chocolate factory!). Particularly since it is not the natural territory for the 10m long whale.

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Pic credit – ABC News

Now I can’t profess to know much (or anything!) about the anatomy of whale skulls, so if any one out there reading is a whale skull specialist, get in touch and tell us what makes them tick. We do know that this guy (or girl?) was a type of baleen whale, meaning there are no teeth in that mouth, but rather it would have fed by filtering water through a set of plates, trapping things that are small and delicious.

The baleen is actually made of keratin (like fingernails and hair) and not bone – and as to whether the Tasmanian scientists managed to recover the baleen from this guys skull, I have no idea!  You will have to visit the museum to see!

Thankfully the skull has now been recovered, but we definitely think this warrants a nomination in the skull hide and seek champs for 2013!

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Señor Salme

March 6, 2013

Created by the enigmatic artist Señor Salme this little guy caught our eye recently.  He doesn’t have a name, but he does have something to say…. eyes….speaking of eyes… maybe he caught our eye as we see eye to eye on how awesome the picture is?

Anyway, enough of our lame puns, what this picture does have is some cool craniofacial anatomy.

He also has a cool feature which we don’t often see in our skull pics as they are generally the wrong angle for it or have a jaw – the styloid process.  This little guy that you see poking down on the bottom left hand side of the picture.  More specifically the temporal styloid process as it is coming from the temporal bone, and sits kind of behind and below your ear.  Its main job is as an anchor point for muscles and ligaments involved in control of your tongue and voicebox so although its small it is important!

We say that Señor Salme is enigmatic for the simple fact that his facebook page is in Spanish so is totally indecipherable by us English only speakers.  You can have a look at it here and see if you can translate…. or you can see a heap of his other artworks at his website here, many of which have skulls but all of which are awesome… AND even better, you can buy prints of these cool pics here!

And, finally, thank you for being patient Craniophiles!  We have recently moved house and jobs so our leisure time (translate blogging time) has been thin on the ground.  We are back in to the swing of normal (as it gets!) life now so we will be inundating you again will skully awesomeness soon!

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Happy Australia Day

January 26, 2013

Happy Australia Day Craniophiles!

May your Australia day be full of relaxation and stereotypes… shrimp and lamb chops on the barbie etc…

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And a few short Australia day tidbits for you to ruminate on while waiting for your sacrificial meats to roast on the BBQ (partly from the heat of the BBQ, partly from the heat of the sun)

– We don’t call them shrimps, they are prawns

– Prawns don’t have a skull!  Prawns are Decapods (10 feet) and have an exoskeleton, so instead of a skull, their juicy brains are protected on the outside by a hard part of the shell called the Carapace

– As for your lamb, they definitely do have a skull but Im assuming no-one has one on the BBQ today.  Instead you are probably having loin chops or cutlets, which come from the spine and ribs.  BAAAHHH.