X-ray images of women in corsets show skeletons in a bind

With the 1908 volume of his treatise Le Corset, Dr. Ludovic O’Followell hoped to make clear the detrimental effects the then-current corset designs had on women's health. To that end, he took X-ray images of women in their binding underthings. » 6/23/13 7:00am 6/23/13 7:00am

Surprising funeral ad makes a lovely skeleton from pressed flowers

Japanese funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei wanted to create an ad that would break from the traditional funerary colors of black and white while still presenting a respectful image of their services. Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO came up with this life-sized skeleton, celebrating the life of the departed through… » 5/11/13 11:00am 5/11/13 11:00am

Oh this? Nothing. Just the 3D-printed skeleton of a living, breathing…

This is what you get when you take data from a CT scan and convert it into a format that can be read by a 3D-printer. It's a skeleton. But not just any skeleton. The 3D model you see here was printed while the rat whose bones it's based on was still alive. Intact. Still wrapped in muscle, skin and fur. » 4/03/13 12:59pm 4/03/13 12:59pm

This Audrey II skeleton will give you fang-filled Little Shop of Horrors

Skeleton sculptor Tim Prince took a bit of the person-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors and added a pinch of Aliens' xenomorph queen to create this fearsome tribute to the horror comedy musical. I wouldn't put it past this critter to attempt world domination. » 10/14/12 9:00am 10/14/12 9:00am

Incredible photograph of the sunrise glowing through a dead fish's eye

The subject of this photograph isn't an undead monster dragging its bones across the beach or some macabre temple designed to line up with the sun. It's just the sun peeking through the hollow eye of an ordinary fish skull. » 5/05/12 2:30pm 5/05/12 2:30pm

This strange sponge owned the world's first known skeleton

This rather bizarre organism is Coronacollina acula, which lived on the seafloor about 550 million years ago. This sponge-like creature doesn't look like much of, well, anything, but its discovery throws a whole new light on the evolution of skeletons. » 3/08/12 11:01am 3/08/12 11:01am

Concept Art Writing Prompt: A giant's skeleton slumbers beneath a…

Welcome to the Concept Art Writing Prompt, a new, much-demanded feature here at io9. Each Saturday, we'll post a piece of artwork, and ask you to write a piece of fiction based on that artwork in the comments. » 1/07/12 12:30pm 1/07/12 12:30pm

Neanderthals might have believed in the spiritual world before Homo…

A recently-uncovered Neanderthal burial site in Spain has provided intriguing evidence that these ancient hominids believed in an afterlife and were capable of complex symbolic thought, all possibly before early Homo sapiens demonstrated these abilities. » 4/20/11 3:19pm 4/20/11 3:19pm

Meet the reptilian predator that's older than the earliest dinosaurs

This is Dimetrodon, the world's top predator about 270 million years ago. Living before the dawn of the dinosaurs, this striking creature was actual a distant ancestor of mammals like us. Now we've discovered the most complete Dimetrodon skeleton ever. » 12/06/10 7:04pm 12/06/10 7:04pm

Skeletal Robot Brings Us One Step Closer to Cylons

Where most humanoid robots have human-looking features on the outside but not inside, the Eccerobot team takes a different approach, giving their robot a humanoid skeleton, joints, and tendons so that it can better mimic human movement. » 8/25/09 12:30pm 8/25/09 12:30pm