This blog was instituted to provide access to 3d scans of human skeletal elements to biological anthropologists. Our ultimate goal is to provide scans of all of the skeletal elements from human fetuses of different ages, cases of pathology, and traumatic injury. These scans are to be used for teaching purposes. To obtain access to the scans, please fill out the contact form below. We will send permission forms to verifiable university email addresses.

We have a few scans available now and this blog will be updated as each new one is completed so watch this space! All of the scans were made using the NextEngine machine and the Pro scanning software. The files are available in .scn or .obj formats.

PLEASE use your academic email address in the form below so we can verify your affiliation:

As part of the permissions process, affiliated faculty must agree not to disseminate the scans to others without express written consent of the Osteology Lab director. Contact information will be provided once permission to access the scans has been authorized.

Acknowledgments: This project would not have been possible without funding from the Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences. We deeply appreciate specimens loaned by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Deepest appreciation is also extended Asheley Green, who scanned the fetal remains, and Matthew Nisbet, who scanned the dentition by coating the teeth with a fine layer of ammonium chloride. This project would not have been possible without their support.


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