Fish Bone Project - where did our bones come from?
Welcome to Study Guides!

Fish Bone Project

Fish skeleton

To check out fish bones, buy a whole fish from a big grocery store with a fish department. You can get them with the head and tail still on, and all the bones inside (but they will have taken the guts out). Or, go catch your own fish. Trout is easy to get and will work well, and tastes good too!

Cook the fish by broiling it whole in the oven or frying it whole in a frying pan. Don't forget to cook both sides!

Lay the fish on a plate on its side and carefully cut from the head to the tail along the middle of the flat side, but just through the flesh on top, not all the way through. Lift off the flesh, and you'll see the ribcage underneath. How many ribs can you count? (You can eat the fish as you go along.)

When you have gotten the flesh off the top, try to lift off the whole skeleton so you can eat the bottom half of the fish. Now do you see the spinal column and the vertebrae?

After dinner, boil what is left of the fish to get the skin off the head and the fins. Can you see the holes for the eyes? The teeth? How are the fins like your arms and legs? How are they different?

A project with vertebrae
More about skeletons

Bibliography and further reading about skeletons:

More about skeletons
Biology home

LIMITED TIME OFFER FOR TEACHERS: Using this article with your class? Show us your class page where you're using this article, and we'll send you a free subscription so all your students can use Study Guides with no distractions! (Not a teacher? Paid subscriptions are also available for just $16/year!)
Please help other teachers and students find us: link to this page from your class page.
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
Cite this page
  • Author: K.E. Carr
  • Title:
  • Site Name: Study Guides
  • Publisher:
  • Date Published:
Did you find what you needed? Ask your teacher to link to this page so other people can use it too! Send it in and win a "Great Page!" award!
Sign up for more free articles and special offers in' weekly newsletter:
We will never share your e-mail address unless you allow us to do so. View our privacy policy. Easy unsubscribe links are provided in every email.
Comment on This Article

Does your class page honor diversity, celebrate feminism, and support people of color, LBGTQ people, and people with disabilities? Let us know, and we'll send you a Diversity Banner you can proudly display!
Looking for more? is loading comments...
(Comments will appear after moderation, if they are kind and helpful. Feel free to ask questions, and we'll try to answer them.)
Cite this page
  • Carr, K.E. . Study Guides, . Web. 26 April, 2017