Everyone must crawl before they walk, and walk before they run. You cannot become an expert at what you do without starting from the very basics. As any practicing artist or designer could tell you, understanding the basic principles is essential before straying from them to create your own individual style. In this vein, I started my journey into human osteology by first studying mammal skeletons. My father first introduced me to animal anatomy with an articulation of a Mouse skeleton he had made when he was a child. This sparked my lifelong interest in skeletons, and their perfect design. I built upon this experience by picking up books like The Small Mammal Manuscript by Lee Post. I found that I had to form my own conclusions and best practices, due to the lack of information widely available, and the gatekeeping within the trade. I started my journey into the bone trade by creating my own articulations, starting with rabbits, and moving to larger animals such as foxes and sheep. One thing that struck me during the three years I worked in animal articulation was how similar every skeleton is, from the lowly rat to the bipedal human. These similarities can be traced back even beyond the modern mammal, to the skeletal structures of dinosaurs! This led me to the conclusion that nature had perfected a design through millions of millennia of evolutionary trial and error. To me, this suggested that the skeleton could be viewed as the perfect template for modern design, using nature’s examples as a basis for solving modern human problems. By following cues from the skeleton’s form and functions, designers like me can create objects that benefit others.