Animal vs Human
Is It Human?
Comparative Osteology for First Responders
"This class vastly improved first responders' abilities to distinguish between human and non-human bones with hands-on examples and real-life comparisons. In addition to the majority of the time spent utilizing a variety of resources (e.g. Jim's book, website, and phone app) to arrive at accurate conclusions, determining decomposition stages and clandestine deposits of human remains strengthened the rest of the presentation. I actually want to take the class several times."
"Jim has a great deal of passion for osteology! This passion shows through in the way he chooses to teach others in his Comparative Osteology for First Responders class. His ability to retain such a large amount of detail for what happens to humans and animals after death is truly amazing. I would recommend this class to any first responder or anyone in the medical field. The hands-on knowledge gained in this class is a great look into the science of osteology. The resources gained in this class will be helpful for many years to come."
"You will leave Jim Russell's bone identification class able to identify human and animal bones in the field not only through handling the tangible examples from his extensive collection but also from the deeper understanding of why they are shaped the way they are, rooted in their structural and mechanical purposes."
"Mr. Russell was very knowledgable, one of the best classes I've been through."
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