Category Archives: Images

Polyphemus

Amazing document!
A cyclop’s skull …

(a new species? cyclopism? what about hybrids!?)

 

 


Xiutecuhlti

Xiutecuhlti

Mask of Xiutecuhlti, god of fire; 1325-1521 CE, Aztec-Mixtec, Mexico

[Museum of Artifacts]


Polychromic Mosaic Skull

polycromic-skull-mixtecaztec-1300-1521

Polychromic Mosaic Skull

Tessels of Turquoise, Hematite, Tumbaga and Gold Sheet

Mixtec/Aztec, Mexico, 1300-1521 A.D.


Brain Design

Emilio Garcia (Brain and Skull)Brain and Skull Art and Design at Emilio Garcia’s Webpage!

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Layers

Layers

Amazing image from High Tech Panda!

From right to left:

Scalp, Periosteum, Bone, Dura Mater, Arachnoid, Pia Mater, Brain


Precuneus: folding and metrics

Pereira-Pedro and Bruner 2016_1 This month we have published a study featuring the cortical extension and anatomy of the precuneus, dealing with its metrics as well as with its sulcal pattern. The analysis was based on a MRI sample of 50 adult humans from both sexes. Our previous works concerned the variation, position, and surface, as well as the phylogenetic differences in the midsagittal plane. Instead, in this survey metrics was assessed on the coronal plane, “cutting” the precuneus in its anterior, middle and posterior sections, taking into account its curvature. The lateral (inner) extension of the precuneus was measured along the subparietal sulcus and its height was measured from the subparietal sulcus to the endocranial wall. Then a set of 10 two dimensional landmarks were digitized on the middle section along the outline of the parietal lobe, to analyze the correlation between outer brain profile and inner precuneus dimensions. We found that, on average, the precuneus extends 14 mm laterally and 36 mm vertically. It is wider on the anterior and middle sections, and usually larger on the right hemisphere, possibly due to the length of the fold (surface area) rather than to the thickness of the grey matter. The precuneus height influences the outer brain morphology (vertical stretching), but the subparietal size apparently has no influence on the external outline. Therefore, at least the former trait could be investigated in paleoneurology, by indirect inference on the inner dimensions as evaluated through their external effects. The lateral (parasagittal) surface of the upper parietal lobules seems to be unrelated to the size of the precuneus. Therefore, when a change of these areas is detected (like in Neandertals) the intraparietal sulcus is a better candidate as the cortical element involved in the morphological variations.

Pereira-Pedro and Bruner 2016_2

The sulcal pattern was analyzed on the average density projection of the 5 most sagittal stacks (5 mm of the cortex), a thickness which displays most of the sulcal features. Three characteristics were taken into consideration: the connections of the subparietal sulcus, the connections of other sulci in the precuneus, and the general sulcal scheme. Some of these features have been analyzed in other surveys, but  the consideration of other folds beyond the subparietal one is specific of this study. Roughly half of the precuneus sulci that reach the external surface are not linked to the subparietal sulcus. Contrary to other studies which found higher frequencies of an H-like pattern of the subparietal sulcus, we found a larger proportion of an inverted-T pattern (subparietal sulcus connected with one precuneus sulcus). The differences between studies might be due to random effects of the samples, because of the relevant individual variability of these traits. The left hemisphere displays more sulci reaching the external surface while the right hemisphere displays deeper folding. The anterior area shows more sulcal complexity than the posterior one. There seems to be no relationship between the size of the subparietal sulcus and its folding pattern, and these characteristics might be hence influenced by genetics or folding biomechanics.

Sofia Pedro


Carving skulls

Tibetan carved skull

Tibetan carved skull


Head and Neck

Head and Neck (Furneaux)

[Scientific Illustration]


Wonders within your head

Wonders in your head

(click to enlarge)