Sign of the times – dinosaur anatomy

While we’re on the subject of signs and notices, this one especially caught my eye. While it’s obviously in Japanese, it’s clear than it labels all the major bones of the skeletons. This is great for several reasons. First off it shows people are interested in anatomy and that using technical terms is not going to put people off. Moreover it shows and helps people to grasp that for all the differences between these species they are at a fundamental level built to the same plan, obviously with four legs and a neck and ribs and tail etc. but with things like lacrimals and frontals too – there is a lot of things in common and the pattern of bones is effectively identical. You can really appreciate the similarities and differences and follow that while they must have much in common (a common ancestor in fact) they have also diverged from that. Finally, it does provide a frame of reference for people as a whole – I’m sure many of the people reading this sign had been told by a doctor they’d broken a humerus, or their child fractured a tibia, had a malformed metatarsal or needed to see a maxillary surgeon or whatever. These were uncommon terms to them in a hospital, but I bet they remember those words and will see the link to the signs on the wall and thus the beasts in front of them. It’s an excellent little reminder and display of how all vertebrates are linked together.

6 Responses to “Sign of the times – dinosaur anatomy”


  1. 1 Zhen 15/08/2011 at 3:04 am

    That reminds me, do you have anything similar to those pictures but in English? I’ve been trying to look for one with dinosaurs since they’re just much more interesting to look at than a human’s. I know most of the general areas, but a bit fuzzy on the more detailed parts like different sections of the dentary.

  2. 4 Teresa White 24/08/2011 at 12:29 am

    They look beautifully drawn. I was curious if they were also life-sized.


  1. 1 Dinosaurs labelled « Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings Trackback on 10/09/2011 at 8:48 am

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