Event Title

Weathering and Trauma on Bone

Location

CSU 204

Start Date

18-4-2016 1:05 PM

End Date

18-4-2016 2:05 PM

Student's Major

Anthropology

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Kathleen Blue

Mentor's Department

Anthropology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

The weather plays a significant role in how bones reacts to different forms of trauma. Depending on the type of weather conditions and what type of trauma is being exposed on to the bones, this can make a huge difference in how the bone breaks. When it comes to looking at fractures, it is important to allow the bones to be altered by the weather conditions. This way we can base any findings off of the fact that the weather is, indeed, changing to the molecular structure of the bone. There was a two part system created to help applying trauma. This system stayed consistent and if there seem to be no progress, the system was altered a bit to satisfy the needs of continuously trying to apply fracture markings. The location of where the bones would be laying out was also taken into consideration. They were placed in an area where they could be open to all the changing temperatures. The remains were placed where they could be exposed to sunlight and insects, as well as snow. After implementing this research, what was hoped to be found is that weather does play a significant role in how bone reacts when trauma is applied, and the changes that bones make under these different temperic pressures. This could help when looking at remains and trying to distinguish how remains have been in a certain area, and what trauma can cause on a deceased individual.

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Weathering and Trauma on Bone

CSU 204

The weather plays a significant role in how bones reacts to different forms of trauma. Depending on the type of weather conditions and what type of trauma is being exposed on to the bones, this can make a huge difference in how the bone breaks. When it comes to looking at fractures, it is important to allow the bones to be altered by the weather conditions. This way we can base any findings off of the fact that the weather is, indeed, changing to the molecular structure of the bone. There was a two part system created to help applying trauma. This system stayed consistent and if there seem to be no progress, the system was altered a bit to satisfy the needs of continuously trying to apply fracture markings. The location of where the bones would be laying out was also taken into consideration. They were placed in an area where they could be open to all the changing temperatures. The remains were placed where they could be exposed to sunlight and insects, as well as snow. After implementing this research, what was hoped to be found is that weather does play a significant role in how bone reacts when trauma is applied, and the changes that bones make under these different temperic pressures. This could help when looking at remains and trying to distinguish how remains have been in a certain area, and what trauma can cause on a deceased individual.

Recommended Citation

Cato, Marie. "Weathering and Trauma on Bone." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/oral-session-11/3