|MadSci Network: Anatomy|
Experiments to do with kids to learn about bones. There really are not a lot of things you can do from a forensic perspective on chicken bones. Most of the ones we see are from young chickens and I suspect, for economic reasons, male. Without comparisons, any specific little detail would be out of context and mostly difficult to convey. Instead, I suggest you look at the relationships among bones within and between animal species. The absolute BEST book I can think of to guide you in this is: ďMake Your Own Dinosaur out of Chicken Bones: Foolproof Instructions for Budding PaleontologistsĒ by Christopher McGowan. Perennial Books, 1997 I donít think you can miss if you have the kids collect chicken bones to make a dinosaur. The project is fun (Iíve done it twice myself) and very instructive on comparative anatomy (as a PhD Iím a little ashamed to admit how much I learned from this book and project).
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