After losing her position in her university's anatomy department in 1938, Rita Levi-Montalcini set up a laboratory in her bedroom and studied the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos. This work led to her discovery of nerve growth factor, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
Tsar Peter the Great had a fondness for anatomy and often attended medical dissections. So after having his mistress Mary Hamilton beheaded, he picked up the head, gave a lecture about its anatomy, kissed its lips, then dropped it to the ground. Peter also had his own son tortured to death. abc.net.au/radionational/…
Engineers have been able to increase the damage resistance of an airplane's black box by 60 times thanks to studying the anatomy of a woodpecker's skull.ο»Ώ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Peter I had his mistress executed and later gave a lecture on the anatomy of her head, kissed it and threw it away. The head was preserved by the Russian Academy of Sciences for many years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Pigs can’t look straight up into the sky. The anatomy of their neck does not allow it to do so. jagranjosh.com/articles/w…
Beatrix Potter was an avid taxidermist, who used her knowledge of anatomy gained in this way to draw illustrations to her books commonreader.wustl.edu/th…
Macaques and by extension many other monkeys and mammals have the anatomical capacity to speak but not the brain capacity and neural control to do so. This contradicts the often claimed statement that animals can’t make speech due to their specific anatomy. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
German anatomy institutes receive so many donations that they often have to turn away cadavers, or even charge donors to take them. This is the result of people avoiding strict funeral costs that they would otherwise be legally required to pay. german-way.com/history-an…
Princess Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a glass piano as a child. This delusion was not unheard of and was recorded in Europe and mainly suffered by royals, nobels and scholars (between C15 and C17). It was manifest as a fear that parts of their anatomy were made of glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned about renowned British military surgeon James Barry, a pioneer in the medical field with a career spanning over 50 years. After his death in 1865 the nurse prepping his body for burial noted female anatomy and stretch marks from pregnancy. Barry had been born a woman named Margaret Ann Bulkley. history.com/news/the-extr…
Today I learned about a study looking to identify child abuse perpetrators by their hand anatomy, as it's often the only visible part in the videos. And you can help by uploading pictures of your hand for the research. lancaster.ac.uk/security-…
Executioners would also often be medical practitioners due to their knowledge of anatomy publishersweekly.com/pw/b…
Neanderthals’ tracheal anatomy suggests they had high-pitched, raspy voices, like Julia Child. nytimes.com/2017/01/11/ma…
Today I learned about the Pernkopf Atlas, a highly detailed anatomy book created by a Nazi Doctor. Often seen as one of the greatest anatomy books, few professionals actually use it due to its unethical background. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
Horses can only breathe through their nostrils, and their anatomy prevents them from being able to breathe with their mouths en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In early 20th century doctors had a biased understanding of human anatomy because of only having access to the cadavers of poor people. In anatomy classes, they were used to the enlarged adrenal glands (which was actually caused by stress from poverty) and thought this was the normal size irishtimes.com/news/anato…
In anatomy, the atlas (C1) is the most superior (first) cervical vertebra of the spine. It is named for the Atlas of Greek mythology, because it supports the globe of the head which is the skull. The atlas is the topmost vertebra and with the axis forms the joint connecting the skull and spine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atl…
Today I learned of Joseph Paul Jernigan, a murderer who agreed to donate his body to science prior to his execution in 1993. Jernigan’s body was encased, frozen, and cut into 1,851 slices. Images of those cuts are now used by medical students and radiologists as a human anatomy correlate for CT and MRI images. executedtoday.com/2013/08…
Today I learned about Polish-American painter and sculptor StanisΕ‚aw Szukalski, who claimed to have dissected his father’s body following a car accident to study its form. The artist, who refused to work from live models, was often asked where he learned anatomy. He always answered, "My father taught me". articles.latimes.com/2000…
During the Cretaceous there existed a group of bird-like animals called the Enantiornithes. These animals looked like birds but had reverse shoulder anatomy and became extinct with the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ena…
All of the drawings in Grey's Anatomy are of real people -- they were nameless and poor, coming out of the hospital mortuary or out of a workhouse where they had died. The illustrator (Henry Carter) represented them with reverence because he saw the human body as the image of God. abc.net.au/radionational/…
William Hare and William Burke ran a boardinghouse where they murdered the tenants and sold the bodies to anatomy schools for dissections. After murdering 16 people and being detained, Hare confessed and was offered immunity. Burke was sentenced to hang and his corpse was publicly dissected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
American Bison were easily hunted by Native Americans because of their respiratory anatomy where if one lung collapses the other also collapses, causing the animal to suffocate. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Because canaries need such immense quantities of oxygen to enable them to fly, their anatomy allows them to get a dose of oxygen when they inhale and ANOTHER dose when they exhale. Because they get a double dose of air and any poisons the air might contain, miners would get an earlier warning. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A movie called "Zyzzyx Road" only made 30 dollars despite starring Gray's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl ew.com/article/2007/02/09…
Bakhtiyar Khilji, the Muslim general destroyed the ancient university and library of Nalanda in 1193 in hopes of uprooting Buddhism. The destruction of the library is considered responsible for the demise of ancient Indian scientific thought in Maths, Astronomy, Alchemy, and Anatomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nal…
False and unrealistic depictions of organ donation in primetime television shows, such as Grey's Anatomy and House, causes people to refuse to register as organ donors. commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/…
In 1982 the University of Pittsburgh rugby team was caught using human heads stolen from the schools anatomy lab to warm up before a game. wesclark.com/rrr/heads.ht…
The field of Comparative Anatomy was first created when Pierre Belon compared the skeletons of humans and birds in 1555. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Before the Anatomy Act 1832, executed criminals were the only legal source of bodies for surgeon training in the UK. Due to high demand , "resurrection men" resorted to illegal means to obtain bodies, such as digging up corpses from graveyards or even murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Over 1200 bones equaling to 15 bodies, 6 of them children, were found in Benjamin Franklin’s old home in London. Many Historians concluded that it was from an Anatomy School run by Franklin’s protege William Hewson. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
God and his surroundings in the painting "The Creation of Adam" (1512) by Michelangelo forms the shape and anatomy of the human brain. youtube.com/watch?v=s4w1d…
Google has a pretty damn awesome tool to learn all about human anatomy - a.k.a Navigate the body like Google Maps. bodybrowser.googlelabs.co…
Some left-handed people have a different brain anatomy from right-handed people ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Leonardo da Vinci claimed to have dissected more than 30 people in his pursuit to further understand human anatomy, and his more than 240 detailed drawings and over 13,000 words of observations revealed many then unknown characteristics of our bodies. However, all this remain unpublished. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
In c.1730, A french scholar named Louis de Jaucourt spent 20 years writing a six-volume work on anatomy. He sent it to be published in Amsterdam, but the ship carrying the sole manuscript sank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Michelangelo hid an image of the human brain's anatomy in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel infiniteunknown.net/2010/…
The famous jazz Billy Tipton was actually a woman, and hid the fact that he was a woman his entire life. His children and the world only found out when he died, because they saw his female anatomy once he was trying to be saved by paramedics. straightdope.com/columns/…
In 1998 while conservationists were repairing Benjamin franklins London home, 15 bodies were found in the basement, buried in a secret windowless room beneath the garden. It's thought the remains are from an anatomy school run by Benjamin Franklin’s friend William Hewson smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Actor Patrick Dempsey was auditioned for the role of Dr. Chase in House M.D. before he accepted a role in Grey’s Anatomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Cephalopods (like cuttlefish) lack the anatomy to perceive color as we do, yet have adapted to display their incredible multicolor camouflage. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
During repair of Benjamin Franklin's London house 1200 pieces of human bone were discovered buried in the basement. Likely the result of an anatomy school run by his protege, Willam Hewson, who died of blood poisoning after he cut himself during a dissection. theguardian.com/world/200…
Shortly after the Burke and Hare anatomy murders (where 2 men killed lodgers to sell their bodies to a medical school), 17 dolls entombed in coffins were found hidden in a park. The dolls, 1 for each victim, date back to the time of the murders and were possibly created by one of the murderers. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
In 1998, 1200 pieces of bones belonging to 15 people were found in Ben Franklin's London home in a basement pit. Past & present rumors of secret Freemasonry meetings & grave robbings seemed to be confirmed, but further evidence shows his home was used as an anatomy school in his absence. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Jason George who plays lead fireman in Station19 and eventually a fireman in Grey's Anatomy, first played one on Friends-The One Where They're Up All Night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
The phrase "balls to the wall" is the pilot's equivalent to "pedal to the metal" and is not a reference to male anatomy slate.com/articles/news_a…
When exposed to atrazine, a commonly used pesticide, genetically male frogs develop female anatomy, and are capable of reproducing with normal male frogs. livescience.com/10957-pes…
Medical students often come out of anatomy class hungry because of the formaldehyde in the cadavers. theguardian.com/education…
Andreas Vesalius, a dwarf anatomist, who'd get bodies of dead criminals and use them to further his knowledge of human anatomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…

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