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It has been a long time since we had some Mystery Anatomy fun here, so I am cutting loose with a double-barrelled blast of images– dive for cover!

I’m also giving out a Crimbo present as a bigger post, on a special day coming soon, count on that. This is just an advent snack.

Stomach-Churning Rating: 2/10 and 7/10: digital body and glistening, snotty.

Mystery Anatomy 2014same rules as before; remember that the scoreboard has been reset.

Identify (1) the animal shown in the four-panel top images (CT scan/reconstruction), and (2) the DIFFERENT animal (and/or the main central, pink structure) shown in the big, gooey bottom image (Dissection). No special rules. Potential for double points!

And someone will get these, I am sure. This might be the final round of 2014’s Mystery Anatomy game.

Difficulty: Plenty.

Mystery CT 14

Mystery CT 14

Mystery Anatomy 15

Mystery Anatomy 15

Go forth!

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I Can’t Remember Freezermas…
Can’t Tell Dissection from a CT.
Deep down Inside I Feel to Freeze.
These Wonderful Scenes of Anatomy!
Now That the Week Is Through with Me,
I’m Waking up; Ratites I see
And There’s Not Much Left of These:
Nothing remains but bones now

(digested from Metallica’s “One“, in …And Justice For All, the pummeling, slickly produced, huge-sounding, Jason Newsted-bass-playing leviathan of a thematic album (1988). It was all downhill for Metallica after this one, but it was a good year for rock! The song is about a soldier who had traumatic injuries and was left paralyzed, “locked-in” to his own mind. Themes/footage from “Johnny Got His Gun” (1939 book/1971 movie) are interspersed. Did you see this track coming? If so, you’re just as demented as I am; congrats!)

And so another year ends; we’re at the final post of Freezermas 2014: The Concept Album. We had 7 tracks involving leitmotifs of ostriches and cats and 2 vs. 4 legs, and CTs and x-rays, and epic dissections, and disturbing pathologies, and some twisted lyrics that mangled classic albums. There are so many more concept albums I could have touched on- great ones by Rush, Yes, Savatage, Helstar, Mastodon… many more. But I’ll give you a chance to sit in the DJ’s seat in this post!

Stomach-Churning Rating: 6/10. Some internal organs.

Today’s one mystery dissection photo is of two things, and the Mystery Anatomy challenge is to identify both (the 2-part brown thing and the 1-part whitish thing). They are from our friend the ostrich.

Your task is to weave your answer into the lyrics of a song from any concept album (2 lines or more)– you must identify the song, artist and album with your answer so we can figure out the tune. Any genre is OK as long as it is clearly a concept album (music, that is). You have freedom. Use it wisely! As always, bonus points for extra cleverness.


We’ll let Maytagtallica sing us out:

♫Hold my breath as I wait for points
Oh Please John, blog more?♫


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Jason Anderson, vertebrate paleontologist and anatomist at the University of Calgary (Canada), shared these two intriguing photos with me, and agreed for me to share them with you. Yay, thanks Jason! Good timing for a badly needed Mystery Dissection post:

What are they (species ID) *AND* from what region of the body?

(they are the same region, same specimen, same animal)

RULE: Your answer must be in the form of a winter holiday song (at least four lines)!

If you’ve been following some of my recent tweets, I’ve been tweeting about the “joys” of increased academic paperwork around holiday-time; e.g. this one:

As always, you can score extra points for creativity.

Remember: the scoreboard is here.

Difficulty: Integumentary

Stomach-Churning Rating: 6/10; if beauty is only skin deep, then ugly is, too?

Here they are…


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One for the weekend morning crowd here. The early bird gets the… cadaver?

At last I’ve managed to pore thru my photos and find something that works for a Mystery Dissection image, so without further adieu here it is! Answer will come tomorrow (Monday) night.

What is the largest structure evident (i.e. what is the picture mainly featuring) and from what group of organisms (be as specific as you can).

Remember, we have a scoreboard now, and rules for scoring. See here. Regular points for this round– Xmas is over, folks!

To recap, Mark Robinson is in the lead w/14pts, tied w/Filippo, but with Heinrich and RH close behind at 12 pts, followed by the 5-person Gang of Awesomeness at 7 pts.

Stomach-Churning Rating: 7– gooey ripeness.

Difficulty: Hmm, no comment.

Go! May Maytag be with you.

Mystery Dissection 11

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A quick and easy Mystery Dissection post for you today– these objects are left over from a dissection we did awhile ago. What are they, and (for extra points) from what species (be as precise as possible)?

Speed round. Let’s see how many correct answers we can get in the next 24 hours!

Stomach-Churning Factor: 1. They won’t bite.

Difficulty: small image, oblique angle, object on the left side of the image is in the way (and not related to this post).

This will lead into a full-length blog post, hopefully to come sometime late this week, after Halloween. And there should be a Halloween bonus post this year!

Go for it!

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Welcome to another round of Mystery Dissection; no frills or miracles-required this time; tell me what you can about this specimen.

Difficulty: No-way-you-can-get-this-down-to-genus-level; blurry photo; scale unknown

Stomach-Churning Rating: 5 at worst, especially once you realize it’s in preservative; hence the odd colour.

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The Olympics are over! Hooray for everybody! Here I’m taking a different spin on the blog’s Mystery Dissection series: a mysterious method– what is going on here and why? I know someone will get this, but experts might want to hold back and let non-specialists have their moment in the sun first…

Stomach-churning rating: 6/10. (but probably too late!) Be glad this image does not include an olfactory component.

The scene is from ~2005 and took place in our old lab- note the filthy floor. It rarely got much cleaner than that. Before we moved in, this was an abattoir at some point. We used to have experiments going on in this hangar-like area of our small office building, right next to our office rooms. The smell and noise was… unpleasant. Luckily, now we have a separate office building (renovated from this old structure) and a wholly new, giant gait laboratory full of science toys.

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You know the drill- tell me what you can about this rather messy dissected specimen from The Freezers. What are the structures shown? Identification to genus/species level is probably not possible, but try to pin down the group of organisms it is from as tightly as you can:

Edit: This post had a Stomach-Churning Rating of 5/10. So you were probably safe anyway; if not, share your tale of revulsion in the Comments. 🙂

Edit edit: The specimen is revealing more here; this may or may not help:

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A superficial little post for you today, with a skinny specimen from the freezers. What is it, what/where from, etc; tell me what you know about it!

(upper object, not the ruler…)

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Good morning, Freezerinos! Here is a twin treat for you to puzzle over. Two things, perhaps rather squidlike at first glance, but not cephalopods. There is a conceptual connection between the two images. Can you identify both of these structures? Huge bonus points if you can identify the taxon they belonged to, but stabs at it are encouraged; there are clues in the images…

(labels have been removed to protect the innocent)

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