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Sanford features Bone Detectives

Monday, March 26, 2007

Linda Burkhart, director of the Sanford Museum, is at the "Scene of the Crime," one of the stations of the "Bone Detectives" spring exhibit at the museum. Photo by Ken Ross
Bones tell us many things, both about the present and the distant past. Visitors to the Sanford Museum's Spring Exhibit this year will learn exactly how bones provide information.

The "Bone Detectives" exhibit in the west gallery will open on March 29 and remain open through June. As with past spring exhibits, the exhibit appeals to all age levels with presentations by museum staff geared toward the group viewing the exhibit.

An animal bone display shows the structure of various kinds of animals.

Another display shows the various components of human bones. People can see the microscopic structure through magnifying viewers.

A bone puzzle was provided by Holton Signs for hands on activity.

A "Bone Detectives of the Past" display shows how archeologists learn such things as an animal's age, gender and other physical conditions.

Another hands on display is the "Scene of the Crime" which shows how bone detectives of the present can determine facts through the study of bones.

An x-ray display shows how x-rays indicate injuries and diseases. Skull replicas are used to show how a person's appearance can be replicated from the shape of the skull.

A local physical therapy group and Dr. Harrison's office loaned equipment and models used for the spring exhibit.

Viewing of the exhibit is free. Presentations to groups can be arranged. Many school districts from the area plan annual visits to the museum for the spring exhibit for elementary students.

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