Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to everyone! I’m being a skeleton for Halloween (no surprise there haha) I hope everyone has an awesome day! I’m writing a new post now so expect that soon!

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My dog Kasey and I are skeletons! 🙂

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The sternum

I went over to see if I could find Hannah’s skull (I know I said it was raining but I went anyway) and it turns out that her leg is also missing but I walked around and found it. I wish it was the skull and not the leg! She still smells so putrid, I’m a little nauseous now but that’s probably because the scent is all over my mom and I. So no trace of her skull but I have a whole forest preserve to check! I took a few pictures as well. The first thing was the sternum which was really cool because I knew that all animals have sternum a but I’ve never seen one! And I found Hannah’s! But it’s all mushy and made me squirmy. So I didn’t take any of her today because she is gross and heavy. Soon I will though.

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The sternum

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No head 😦

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And her arm

SOME ANIMAL TOOK HANNAH’S SKULL

I’M GOING TO FIND THAT ANIMAL AND KILL IT I LOVED HANNAH’S SKUL THIS ISN’T OKAY!!!!!!!!! I’m sad 😦 and it’s raining so I can’t go over and try and find which way the animal dragged her head!!! I hope it just blew somewhere from the wind. Gahhhhhhhh! Hopefully I’ll still get the spine

Elk antlers!

A friend of ours was telling about his hunting experiences and I asked him if he had any bones and he said yes he had antlers, and then he went home (the live like a block away) and gave me these:

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I love them, I love them so much they’re elk antlers! About 5 years old. I’m seriously in love right now!!!

Field museum 9/21

Sorry this post is really late but a few weeks ago my school had an early release for a reason I’ll never know but we have them every year. On that day I went down to the Field Museum in Chicago. In August I met someone that knew the curator of mammals at the Field museum and she told the curator about my bones and my bone hunting and he wanted to meet me! So on the 21 of September my mom dad Leah and I went down there. We got a backstage tour of how they clean the bones, how they get the skeletons ready, how they stuff the animals that go on exhibit, everything. When we got there we went upstairs to see where the curator, Mr. Heaney, works. He showed us the first animal that ever entered the museum. It was October 31, Halloween, 1893 from Australia and it was a platypus! In 1893 Chicago had the Columbian worlds fair (not really sure what that is but I have a coin from it) and that’s when they opened the field museum. The field museum is famous because in the late 90s/early 2000s, we found and displayed a dinosaur! Sue is her name and she’s a T-Rex. But anyway we saw a lot and Leah and I showed him our bones and it turns out that a block of spine that I have (it’s very big and I thought it belonged to a large deer, like really big) but apparently it’s a cow spine! At first I was really puzzled because I live in the suburbs of a very very large city, there are absolutely NO cows here. Then I remembered that in the early 1900s the suburbs were all farmland! So when cows died the owners dumped their bodies in the forest! And so 90 years later the bones surfaced. There are many signs of it being very old. Like the bone growth fading away. I thought that was awesome! Also, I talked to him about Alyssa and how her spine is curved, I showed him the picture and he asked if there was spongy material on the bottom of it and I said yes. He said that spongy material often causes arthritis. So Alyssa DID NOT have scoliosis, she had arthritis and was probably older and died. Then Leah, Mr. Heaney and I took a picture:

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After that we got a tour of the basement which was awesome. The basement is where all the animals that are not on display are stored. There are 2 parts to the basement, like 2 separate basements almost. The basement is HUGE. And it’s all filled with animals! There are large animals sections, small animals sections, dog families, bird families, etc. I told him about my raccoon skeleton (Dexter) and he showed us the raccoon section

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Each ‘bin’ with the bodies in have the skin, and a box with the skulls, and a box with the body. There are hundreds of thousands of rows with pretty much every animal!
Lastly we saw the deer/horse/moose room. It was SO cool. Antlers, mandibles, skulls oh my! I was hoping to find the white tailed deer skulls but they were all in Latin and I have no idea what it is. But Leah and I found so many skulls dating back as early as about 1904! That room was again, huge, and so cool. The trip was definitely a trip to remember and I doubt I’m going to be able to go back to the field museum knowing what I’ve seen in the back!

Update!

I haven’t written in a while and I feel bad about that but a lot has happened since the last time I posted! Normally I update from my phone but today I have my computer and I’ve actually been writing a very long post! But I’ve been pretty busy so expect that in a few days. I was going to finish writing it now, but I can’t seem to find it. An update on Hannah, she is still there and going strong! Right now she belongs to the maggots, by all means they can have her I’m cool with it. She still smells like bloody-murder and I can’t get within a few feet of her without gagging. He right leg is missing, you can see her pelvis joint where it is supposed to  be. There is no way that it can be underneath her since there is a bunch skin, organs and other stuff I don’t want to know about under her, I know for sure that there is no leg. An animal must have dragged it away or she really got hit hard! Her skull is completely fine, the animals are doing a great job at eating away the flesh. I see her everyday on the drive back form school. I have a 4-day weekend this week so Leah and I are probably going bone hunting, fall is the time when all the antlers fall off and Leah and I are DYING to find some! I will also go check up on Hannah, hopefully it won’t be too windy so I don’t smell her as much. We had rain yesterday and by the looks of it, it really helped the decomposition process. In other news, I started watching the T.V shows Bones and needless to say it is my absolute favorite show! Every episode has to do with a body being found and it’s like a crime scene investigation. The woman who does the bone investigation is a Forensic Anthropologist which I think I want to be when I grow up, crime scenes have always fascinated me and bones are my thing! I already know 162 out of the 206 bones in the human body! And her nick-name is bones, which is what some of my friends call me. 🙂 More from me later!