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Natural History Society of Maryland

Talking Bones: Skull and Bone Identification

  • 04 Dec 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
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During this hands-on workshop, using a process called INFERENTIAL CLASSIFICATION you will:

  • Learn the three forms of classification: CARNVIORE, HERBIVORE, and OMNIVIRE, and how to apply them to your collection of bones and skulls.
  • Learn how DENTENTION, JAWS, NASAL CAVITIES, ORBITS, ZYGOMATIC ARCHES, and the shape of the CRANIUM all help to determine the ENVIROMENTAL LIFESTYLE of an animal.

“The Gleaming white skull stares empty eyed through a veil of grass and leaves. The components of an entire skeleton lie scattered across a shallow depression within the field. Here and there small segments of sun-bleached bone poke through matted grass. Circling on hands and knees, we ferret half-buried, bronze stained remnants from loamy soil and clinging vegetation. One by one, we gather bones of varied shape and separate them into piles: ribs in this one, leg bones in that one, and vertebrae over there.”  -From Skulls and Bones by Glenn Searfoss –

INSTRUCTOR: Frank Marsden founded and was the Director of Eden Mill Nature Center for its first ten years.  His passion lies in developing and implementing programs for experiential education as a “doorway to learning”.  He believes in the theory of “Touch, Taste, and Feel and Smell .These expeditionary programs include canoeing, caving, backpacking, and rock climbing throughout Harford County, as well as surrounding states and Canada. As a member of National Association of Interpretation (NAI), Frank emphasizes natural history, environmental education in conjunction with outdoor skills training.

NOTICE: Proof of COVID vaccination is required to attend this course. A negative COVID test within 24 hours of the start of the course will also be accepted.  Masks will also be required. Food an drink inside the facility is prohibited. NHSM retains the right to update or change these requirements at any time. 

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.


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