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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Look carefully at the bones and teeth. What can they tell you?

collage of images of bones

Images courtesy: Smithsonian Institution

Before birth, every skeleton begins a unique "bone biography." The living tissue of bone records "life data" as a person grows, lives, and dies. Bones and teeth often withstand decay, so the data may survive long after death. Sometimes, skeletal evidence is the only way to learn about a once-living person. Watch a video about how the solid tissues in our body change as we grow and when we do physical labor.




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