Education Resources

STEM and Osteology Information

Education is the number one priority of SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology. Here you will find useful information to enhance your visit.

Each of the forms that are listed below are downloadable and together give you the complete guide to reading a skull. Each section focuses on a specific topic in reading skulls.

How to "Read" a Skull: Teeth

Mammals, as well as some reptiles, amphibians and fish, have teeth. The teeth of an animal can tell you a lot about that animal's life. The type, shape and number of teeth an animal has can help determine its diet.

How to "Read" a Skull: Beaks

The beak of a bird is an extension of its skull and is designed for feeding. Some beaks have evolved to specialize in feeding specific items.

How to "Read" a Skull: Eye Placement and Size

What do the eye sockets of a skull tell you about an animal? A lot!

How to "Read" a Skull: Horns and Antlers

Horns or antlers found on a skull bear evidence of how an animal communicated, defended its self and possibly the animal's sex. Animals can protect themselves or attack other animals by goring them with their horns or antlers.

How to "Read" a Skull: Pathology

The pathology of a skull can tell you what may have caused an animals death. Pathology is damage that may be the result of trauma, disease or infection. These pathologic conditions might tell you if the animal was hit by a car, shot by a gun, died from a disease or was killed by another animal.

How to Identify a Skull

When using skulls in education, the first question usually asked is "What kind of skull is that"? Skull identification can be determined by several methods.