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Skeletal System: Solve a Missing Person Case Virtual Lab

Learn about the skeletal system to help identify a series of bones and solve a missing person mystery.

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Skeletal System: Solve a Missing Person Case

About this Simulation

In this simulation, you will help a detective solve a missing person case by analyzing human bones that were discovered in a forest. Begin your investigation by learning about the skeletal system and the different types of bones. Then explore the internal anatomy of a bone to learn about compact and spongy bone. Over the course of your investigation, you will gather clues that will help you identify the unfortunate victim. Can your expertise help crack the case

Piece together the skeletal system

Detective Sherley Bones has brought the bones she found in a forest to the lab. With the help of Dr. One, you will arrange these bones into a skeletal system by identifying whether the bones are part of the axial or appendicular skeleton. Search for bone fractures in this skeletal system to discover more clues that can help you identify the victim.

Investigate the different types of bones

Continue your investigation by learning about the different types of bones that make up the skeletal system, including long, short, flat, irregular, and sesamoid bones. You will find that some bones can provide important clues to the sex and age of the victim. The detective will take notes of any clues, as well as the functions of the skeletal system that you learn.

Look inside a bone to help crack the case

Find the final clues by opening up a long bone and taking a close look at the compact and spongy bone tissue inside. Use the clues you find to match the bones to a missing person file. Will you be able to solve this mystery?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Broadly describe the major structure and functions of the skeletal system

  • Differentiate the major types of bone by general structure and feature

  • Identify the microscopic structure of compact and spongy bone and relate this to function

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

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