Bone accountancy

As part of her PhD in Anatomy, Mandi Alblas regularly visits Stellenbosch University’s Kirsten Skeletal Collection. Like an accountant she packs out, photographs and tallies each of 206 bones in each of the 700 skeletons included in her study – 144 200 bones in all.    There’s something moving about the way that Mandi Alblas switches between…

Scibraai Monday Menu #3: About singers, fossil teeth and vaccines

This week’s Scibraai Monday Menu contains a trio of research snippets about vaccine development (read: the answer might be in tobacco), ancient fossils (the latest from Australopithecus sediba) and singing (and how water can help). Australopithecus sediba preferred things soft and chewy Researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand played dentist and examined the teeth…