Sunday, October 12, 2008

Backin' It Up

The boys (small and big) and I are training for a 5K race next month. We don't have high expectations - we just want to finish, together, have fun and MOVE a little.

Anyway - every day,when Dr. SmartyPants gets home from the think tank, we've been going out for our run/walk on a newly constructed, yet-to-be-opened road behind our neighborhood. As we walked past the "Road Closed" signs on Friday, Doodlebug called out that he had found something REALLY COOL. I THINK IT IS BONES! He then wished aloud that we had a scientist that we could ask about them, whereupon I gave him a withering look and reminded him that he lived with TWO. Sheesh.

In any case, it was bones, and after our walk (where I found a tattered plastic bag) we picked them up and brought them home. After a great deal of boiling and bleaching and boiling again, we determined that they were vertebrae, put them all back together like a puzzle and started investigating online.

Snake Vertebrae

They are definitely snake vertebrae - when put back together in a neat little line, they wiggle perfectly back and forth on the prettiest little ball and socket joints I've ever seen.

And I've seen alot. Granted - most of the ones I've dealt with were 150 million years old and petrified, but that doesn't mean I don't know anything.