Next up is the nose. Most of your nose is fat, muscle, and cartilage. The bone that is linked to the shape of your nose is called the nasal aperture (image below). Now the length of the nose, depends on the projection and shape of the nasal bones at the bridge of the nose. Something that really took me by surprise was that they can even tell the shape of the nasal tip by these bones. There is even a way to tell if the nose was downturned, upturned, or straight. They do this by looking at the anterior nasal spine. For all of these traits of the nose they, again, need to compare it to other skulls.
From there I learned something that left my mouth agape, because it just proves how much information our skulls can say about us. I am sure that you have seen ears of every size, sticking out, or stuck to the head, the reason for these differences all have to with, you guessed it, the skull. Below your ears is something called the mastoid process, but in the skull, the mastoid process is below but behind the ear canal. The thicker it is, or the more it stands out, the more the ears will stand out (image below).
Needless to say, this week was very exciting. It is so...amazing that every part of our face has to do with how our skull is. As for next week, I am very excited because the identity of our victim (my missing poster below) is revealed and we make a stab at identifying the perpetrator. Even though I am excited, I am saddened because this is the last week of this class.
Please feel free to comment on what you thought of the blog, or other physical anthropological subjects you would like me to cover after next week is done.