Buyers Guide for Skeleton Models

It's likely not everyday that you're shopping for a Skeleton model so we thought we'd go over some of the basics to help you get the best model for your needs.  To help you find the right model we've added filters for most features mentioned below.

There is no wrong answer.  Even the worst skeleton model can add immense value in terms of learning and understanding the human skeletal system.

Level of detail?  Most models that we carry are cast from natural specimen for accurate detail and reproduction of osteological details.  There are subtle differences in the quality of the reproduction so you can filter the skeletons by the following level of detail:

  • Display - Perfect, cost effective solution for explaining the human skeletal system when granular detail of a natural cast model isn't needed.
  • Professional - The most popular option.  Cast from a natural specimen.  Sacrifice nothing and get great quality at the best price.  Ideal for clinics, classrooms and labs.
  • Institutional - Quality and accuracy is the focus here down the smallest tuberosity or foramins.  Durable hardware  are used for repeated classroom or lab usage.

Articulated or disarticulated?  While most of the skeletons we sell are articulated (assembled and upright) there are times when disarticulated models are more helpful such as for bellringer exams and large group study where individual bones can be passed around.

Type of stand?  Articulated skeletons come with 2 different types of stands; pelvic mount or hanging type.  Pelvic mount skeletons feature a rod that extends from the base to bottom of the sacrum.  These mounts are inherently more stable, cost effective and functional.  Hanging type mounts have a large metal rod that extends from the base to above the skeleton allowing it to hang from the top of the skull.  These are easier to rotate around and the skeleton is mounted higher.

Type of spine? It really comes down to a rigid or flexible spinal column.  The reproduction of the bones is the same.  Rigid spines are functional, prone to less wear and tear and more stable.  Flexible spinal columns give you the ability to show movement from a variety of angles making it ideal for patient education in various modalities.

Functional Joints? Joints such as the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee are generally articulated using metal brackets and hardware allowing for durable but limited movement.  Functional joints feature flexible silicone ligaments which envelope the joints providing movement as well as representation of the connective tissue.

Painted Muscle Insertion and Origins?  Whether your an massage, physio therapist, osteopath, chiropractor or any other manual practioner knowledge of where the muscles insert and originate are fundamental.  The traditional painted muscles in red and blue insertions and origins help you reference the muscles as you palpate the bones.  Additional deeper muscles are labeled on the spinal column as well.  Both muscular and skeletal landmarks are generally numbered on the skeleton and can be referenced on included manuals/booklets.