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If you are passionate about the science and study of human anatomy, you no doubt have an alert set up through Google that will help you keep track of what’s new.


You don’t have one? It’s easy to set one up: https://www.google.com/alerts


Try entering the phrases ‘human anatomy’ or ‘comparative anatomy’ or a combination like ‘human anatomy + science.’ These search phrases cast a pretty wide net, but you’ll be able to easily spot what is relevant to your needs, returned to you via email every day (or as often as you want).


The results provide a window into the whole wide world of progress and updates out there about our favorite subject.


Here’s a sample of the good stuff you’ll get back …


New University of Idaho Anatomy Lab Opens its Doors!

Very exciting. State-of-the-art lab. Idaho students used to cross the state line and drive 10 miles to Pullman (Washington) to use an anatomy lab. No more! “Most anatomy labs are in the basement, kind of hidden away and lighting is poor, ventilation is usually poor and so we worked with our architects to really design state-of-the-art facilities," said University of Idaho program director Jeff Seegmiller said. "It changes the experience when you're teaching anatomy in here—it becomes really kind of a joyful experience." Yes, anatomy is joyful.


Rest in Peace, Elaine Marieb

Elaine Marieb was an educator, author, and co-author of more than 10 best-selling textbooks and laboratory manuals on anatomy and physiology, including the "Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Manual." Her books are used at more than 1,000 colleges and universities. Sadly, Marieb died in December at the age of 82. But in 2017, she donated $10 million to Florida Gulf Coast University—the single largest donation the school ever received! Now, that’s joyful support of anatomy and science. Wow. What a legacy. Here’s to Elaine Marieb.


How to Touch Your Toes

This may not be the biggest anatomical question out there, but it’s certainly a common measure of flexibility. Thank goodness the people at GREATEST newsletter—Motto: All the doable stuff you need to live better (recipes! workouts! sleep tips!)—put some work into this tricky question. Guess what? It’s all in the fascia. "When you properly stretch, you change the fascia," says Sita Hagenberg, co-founder of Bendable Body. “Our muscles' ability to move and strengthen, to do anything, is determined by the fascia. So when it's dense and stiff, the muscle is strangulated—it's like wearing a straightjacket.” Can you touch your toes? (We mean, without bending your knees, of course!) If not, this article is for you. Wriggle out of that straitjacket!


The Hand

Not sure exactly why this one popped up in Google Alerts other than it’s new—a whole series of entries about human anatomy on the Science Trends website. Yes, we love learning anatomy through applying clay to our Anatomy in Clay® Learning System models, but we also believe in all sorts of supplemental learning. And the hand (you know, hands-on learning) is one of our favorite parts. These pages have colorful illustrations and some clear writing on the nerves, tendons and ligaments as well. Impressive online information!


The Complete History of the Autopsy

As the sub-headline states: “From Caesar to Michael Jackson, Paul Revere to Napoleon: A look at how, after someone dies, we figure out why.” This article is from the well-known journal of anatomy Popular Mechanics! (Of all the publications!) And it’s in timeline format, from “460—370 B.C.” through the present day. Yes, Hippocrates was the first to reason that diseases had natural rather than supernatural causes and the chronology wraps up with postmortem tidbits from the evaluation of the bodies of such celebrities as Michael Jackson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Anna Nicole Smith. You know you needed this handy guide.



Little Foot

We are always fascinated by the work of archaeologists, anthropologists, scientists who study evolution and anything to do with the history of hominins. Are you following this particular study? It’s a doozy (that’s a scientific term). It took two decades to recover and completely clean this complete skeleton of our ancient relatives. Yes, she’s 3.67 million years old but we are related! Her name is Little Foot and how she walked and how she died, well, it’s all pretty fascinating stuff.




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