Your sphenoid is disturbingly bat-like

November 1, 2012

One of our anatomy students this year, Tess MacFife, was inspired by the other Dr. Wedel’s skull lecture and produced this excellent anatomy-inspired jack-o-lantern:

Random passers-by probably thought this was some kind of bat/demon/Lovecraftian horror, but those in the know would recognize it as the human sphenoid bone in anterior view. Tess writes, “Full disclosure, I did print out a template and used toothpicks for the outline.” Here’s her template image, borrowed from here.

Any other anatomy- or paleontology-inspired Halloween geekery this year? Feel free to alert us in the comments. And well done, Tess!

6 Responses to “Your sphenoid is disturbingly bat-like”

  1. Mark Robinson Says:

    Very cool altho’, like all bats and butterflies, it just looks like an ink-blot to me.

    I did see someone wearing a body-suit with an entire skeleton drawn on it (I know, craaazy). Does that count or does the fact that it only had about 8 pairs of ribs disqualify it?

  2. Brad McFeeters Says:

    Here’s mine:

  3. Leo Sham Says:

    Try out with centrosaurine parietals !!!

  4. Anne Says:

    I copied this photo and plopped it into a slide in the middle of my lecture to see whether my Gross Anatomy students could identify it. They did!

  5. Brian Says:

    Look at those “terror-goid processes”! Sorry… bad anatomy/Halloween humor.

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