- Life size disarticulate male human skeleton
- All bones are cast from real adult specimen, Skull is 3-part
- Includes 23 intervertebral discs
- Perfect for teaching and learning
- Please note this model can NOT be assembled.
Wellden Medical Full Disarticulated Skeleton, Human Anatomical, Life-size, 170cm
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This life size disarticulate male human skeleton is of high quality, medically detailed, perfect for teaching and learning of various bones of an adult. It includes 3-part skull, 23 intervertebral discs, with one hand and one foot on wire.
Material: High Quality PVC
Free Laminated Skeletal System Anatomical Chart (Poster)
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+ Low price. Only Anatomical Chart Company's is lower, but their skeleton lacks several parts, as noted below.
+ The bones are quite well-detailed. They are cast in a hard plastic or PVC, not the soft melty PVC that 3B Scientific uses.
+ The skull is really, really well made. It actually makes the rest of the skeleton look a bit shabby in comparison. The calvarium is held on by magnets, not fragile little hooks, and the jaw articulation includes cartilage and springs mounted where the masseter muscles are.
+ This set includes all the intervertebral discs and the pubic symphysis in clear rubber (but see below), as well as the hyoid bone. This is in marked contrast to the disarticulated skeletons made by 3B Scientific (no discs) and Anatomical Chart Company (no discs, pubic symphysis, or hyoid!).
+ While all the bones came lumped together (except the tiny hand & foot bones, which were each in their own bags), the ribs and intervertebral discs are subtly numbered so you can figure out which ones go where (but the vertebrae themselves aren't).
+ The coccyx is a separate bone from the sacrum, which to me is a plus.
+ The skeleton came with a very nice color embossed poster of the skeletal system. (Unfortunately it got a little extra embossed—that is, dented—in shipping, but oh well!)
Bad points, mostly minor:
- The right femur is obviously cast from a bad or misaligned mold—the head of the femur has a ridge going round instead of being a smooth ball. I may be able to file this down, but it's an unfortunate flaw in an otherwise nice product.
- The foraminae of the cervical vertebrae, where the vertebral artery runs, are filled in with plastic. This is the only real detail flaw I've noted, and I can probably drill them open.
- While the intervertebral discs are numbered, my set had a couple of duplicates—several #2s, but no #1 or #3. The #2s seem to fit fine in the first 3 spots, however. There was also no #7, but two #6s.
- The vertebrae aren't numbered, as far as I can tell, so it was an exercise figuring out the order. Similarly the hand & foot bones aren't marked in any way so you have to figure out which little bit belongs to which finger or toe.
• Although the vetebral bodies are solid, the intervertebral discs have holes in the middle. Hey, at least you get them with this set!
• The last two bones of the little toes are fused on both the left & right foot. Maybe their model had fused bones, or maybe they did that in manufacturing because the bones are just so darn small.
• The scapulae are surprisingly small compared to other (articulated) skeleton models I've seen, and the ribs much thinner. I suspect that the makers of those other models made the ribs bigger so that they will hold up better. For me, this is a small problem as I won't be able to drill holes as large as I wanted to in the ribs. Probably not an issue for you!
Alternatives I've found under $1000 (yes, that's three zeros) are:
• Anatomical Chart Co. Full Disarticulated Budget Skeleton With Skull Item #: CHA5/1: Selling for about $110 on Amazon as I write this review, but does not include the hyoid bone, any intervertebral discs, nor the pubic symphysis.
• 3B Scientific A05/1 Disarticulated Full Human Skeleton: A shocking $400 from Amazon—more expensive than their articulated models, which come with stands! Includes hyoid and pubic symphysis, but no intervetrabral discs.
• Denoyer-Geppert disarticulated skeletons: Not available on Amazon as I write this review, and costing $500 and up from the maker. They include lots of extras that you may or may not want, such as both hands & feet disarticulated *plus* one of each strung on wire or nylon, and study kits.
I also disliked the fact that the external acoustic meatus is almost non-existent on the skull--if I didn't know where it was supposed to be I wouldn't have found it--and you can't really see the internal acoustic meatus either. And the last thing I disliked was that the bones themselves did not come in a permanent container: I assume that they could easily be damaged. I know that's not part of the product now, but they could've at least give a heads up.
The vertebrae are numbered 1-24 so if needed you can use that for reference. All the bones of the hand and foot are numbered but it takes a little deciphering to figure out the pattern: Each digit has a different number, then each bone starting from the distal phalanx is numbered. so the distal phalanx is a single number, such as "1", then the other phalanxes and metacarpal/metatarsal of that digit would be 12, 13, and 14. The ribs are labeled from top to bottom and according to side of the body. I don't think anything else is labeled but with either a knowledge of osteology or a bone manual you should be able to identify everything else. I recommend "The human bone manual". The only thing not labeled that i wish were are the patellas, I have no clue which is the left and which is the right.
My rating of 4 stars is due to a combination of the visible mold lines and the state in which it was packed in the box. It came with a very nice three dimensional skeleton poster but it was folded in the box funny and so is permanently bent and cracked like that. This didn't bother me too much because I wasn't expecting the poster anyways so having it bent wasn't too large of a disappointment, but still was slightly frustrating because now i dont know what to do with it.
Anyways, I strongly recommend this as an affordable and accurate study aid for anthropology students, medical students, or anyone with an interest in osteology. Also, hey it's a pretty cool thing to have laying around. I named mine Yorick, a reference to my favorite Shakespearean play.