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December 27, 2003


An Ukranian orthopaedic surgeon takes on the "fable" of Joan of Arc and in doing demonstrates rather more confidence in forensic osteology than I possess. This sort of thing makes my head hurt.

One skeleton, in particular, shocked him. "The bones indicate that the woman wore heavy armour and had developed muscles that I have seen in other fighters of the age. For instance to ride a war horse took special kinds of skills and training which you can detect from the remains if you have enough experience," he said. "Each skeleton is as distinctive as a fingerprint. Each bears signs of wear or disease that allow you to match them up. You can establish family relations using skeletons with a fantastic degree of accuracy."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 27, 2003 10:24 AM