Barry K. Rhoades, PhD

Office:  MSC 106
Phone:  478.757.5238
Email:  brhoades

Wesleyan College
4760 Forsyth Road
Macon, GA  31210

Biology Program


Barry Rhoades


Osteology Collection

About the Course

"Osteology: Fun with Roadkill" is a course offered through the Wesleyan Academy for Lifelong Learning at Wesleyan College.  The course meets Friday afternoons in October, 2013.  The instructor for the course is Dr. Barry Rhoades of the Wesleyan College Biology Department

This course will cover both the theoretical basis of comparative vertebrate osteology and the practical aspects of skeletal preparation and mounting, using the diverse Wesleyan Osteology Collection.  During the course we will articulate and mount the skeleton of a Sunda flying lemur for inclusion in the collection.

Class Sessions


   October 4: introduction to osteology

                      choosing a specimen pose

                      homework: chimera/cryptozootic choice and pose

                      outline for class session 1

                      WOC Inventory


   October 11: vertebrate phylogeny and taxonomy

                        specimen stand and axial skeleton

                        homework: chimera/cryptozoid taxonomy

                        outline for class session 2


   October 18: comparative osteology

                        specimen appendicular skeleton and skull

                        homework: chimera/cryptozootic materials list

                        outline for class session 3


   October 25: practical osteological preparation

                        specimen final assembly

                        outline for class session 4

                        resources and guides

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