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The skull with the seashell ear: A female Neolithic skull and its prosthetic seashell ear dating to approx. 300BC, found in a megalithic chamber tomb in Roque dAille in the Var. 

The skull shows evidence the woman had survived trephination and gone on to live for many ears. The artificial ear also shows signs of wear and tear, possibly from the woman playing with it.

Photo by Gustaf Sobin, published in “Luminous Debris: Reflecting on Vestige in Provence and Languedoc” (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).


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A large, herbivorous quadruped, Camarasaurus was among the most common of the giant sauropod dinosaurs found in the Jurassic Period in North America. With a name that means “chambered lizard,” this dinosaur was named for its partly hollow vertebrae, and reached up to a massive 60 feet in length.

Camarasaurus lived during the Late Jurassic, some 145 to 150 million years ago, and featured a long, thick neck which made its head appear small in comparison. It had sturdy, spoon-shaped teeth, indicating its diet probably differed from other large herbivores that lived in the same ancient environment, with Camarasaurus most likely feeding on coarser plant materials.

Real fossils of both an adult and a juvenile Camarasaurus discovered at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah are on view in the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The juvenile is represented by a nearly complete skeleton that includes a full skull and even ear bones. The skeleton is displayed with its right side still mostly enveloped in sandstone belonging to a rock unit called the Morrison Formation.

Photo Credit: Joshua Franzos for Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Next-Gen Accessories: An Ear Cuff That Reads Your Mind

by Michael Keller

Futurist fashionistas take note: A new type of accessory that ornaments your ears in golden, fractal patterns isn’t meant to be jewelry; it’s built to read your thoughts. It could one day replace the mouse, keyboard and touchscreen with brain waves as the way to interact with computers.

In a study released today in the journal PNAS, materials scientists and engineers report they’ve developed soft electrodes that can be stuck on and behind the ear to detect electrical activity in the brain. The epidermal electronics are designed to be worn for at least two weeks at a stretch and have shown effectiveness as a brain-computer interface. Test subjects sporting the system were able to spell out words on a computer screen using only their thoughts.

The team of U.S. and South Korean scientists built what amounts to a miniaturized electroencephalogram (EEG), which is typically used to read brain activity for signs of epilepsy or other brain disorders. Researchers shrunk the rigid metal EEG electrodes that are normally stuck to the scalp by crafting them out of thin gold wire sealed in skin-compatible polymers. These sensors were then affixed to the outer part of the ear, called the auricle, and to the skull bone just behind the ear that is called the mastoid process.

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