How to "Read" a Skull: Pathology

The pathology of a skull can tell you what may have caused an animal's 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 disease or was killed by another animal.

* Visit our Education Programs page to see what your students can learn about Pathology during a field trip to the museum, and how we can bring the concept into your classroom during an outreach visit.