2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Skeletal Articulation of Equus caballus
Crystal R. Cunningham*, Jessika R. Jamski, Erin N. Pauli, Lindsay K. Rudolph, and James M. Lewis
Dr. Susan Guffey, Faculty Mentor

An aged horse was euthanized and laid under a protective wire covering to decompose in a specific location at Truman’s University Farm. Approximately two years later, the bones were recovered and transported to campus. The bones were washed to remove excess dirt and then the remaining tissues were macerated away by soaking in a water and detergent solution. Bones with resistant tissues were then boiled and the tissues were removed using surgical instruments. All bones were whitened in a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Using anatomy literature resources, bones were identified and ordered. Assembly of the skeleton required methods such as drilling, wiring and gluing. The skeleton was supported with galvanized pipe, copper tubing, screws and other hardware. The completed skeleton was placed on a rolling platform. Students involved in the project became proficient in equine skeletal anatomy and the skeleton will be permanently displayed in Magruder Hall for educational purposes.

Keywords: Equus caballus, horse, skeleton, articulation, assembly, bones

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 3-13
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15

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