@1 year ago with 188770 notes
#skeletal anatomy #skeleton #anatomy
The Lovers of Valdaro.
Believed to be no older than twenty years of age when death occurred.
Over 5,000 years old.
Locked in an eternal embrace.
Tragically, their story is unknown.
Ironically, they were found in the city of Mantua. In Italy.
The city Shakespeare chose to set the story of Romeo & Juliet.
I love how (what looks to be) the male is putting his finger to her lips and saying something, something comforting perhaps? Something that will carry on into whatever afterlife there is.
this is beautiful
^^^how can you tell the sexes despite they have no skin? :L as well as no distinct male/female features?
DNA tests, I’d imagine.
Hasn’t anyone watched Bones? You can totally tell gender from the bones. I don’t know how though.
Hip bones. Females have a wider pelvis, for carrying a baby. But you can’t really tell on these bones. This looks like one of those Tumblr fabrications, anyway. As in, maybe these skeletons were dug up, but the story is bull. It could’ve been a mother hushing her son, for all we know.
i like how people assume it’s a male hushing the female, when the skeleton on the left is the one with the larger pelvis.
the skeleton on the right is much smaller too, so like tessa said it could be a child????
the story of romeo & juliet wasn’t primarily set in mantua either, it’s where romeo was banished.
*sigh* this is the second time i’ve reblogged this. here is how you tell genders from skeleton pelvises
what is labeled here as the ‘greater sciatic notch’ is the space where the nerve bundels from the pelvis go through the front to back of the body. in females, the sciatic notch is equal to or exceeds 90° in angle. in males, it is closed and more curved.
check the picture. the one on the left is female.
(Source: silentinsomniac, via adoredsovereign)