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Ward's® This Old Bone Lab Activity

With This Old Bone Lab Activity, students perform an actual technique used by forensic anthropologists to determine the age of individuals at their time of death.

  • For Grades 10-12
  • Students Determine Age from Osteon Counts
  • Estimated Class Time Required: 45 Minutes
  • Teacher's Guide Included
They gain valuable microscopy and anatomy skills in this activity as they learn to count, measure, and analyze the Haversian systems in bone using a compound microscope with an ocular micrometer (both sold separately).

The lab requires 45 minutes.

Ordering information: This kit includes a stage micrometer, six prepared microscope slides of ground human bone, a teacher’s guide, and student copy masters. An ocular micrometer (reticle), a compound microscope, and adhesive tape are required but not included.



Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470024-250 WARD’S This Old Bone Lab Activity
6 Each Retrieving


Item # Description Illumination Unit Availability Price Quantity
470016-038 Compound Monocular Microscope
LED Corded Each Retrieving


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