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3D Scan of Livingstone Humerus Cast


Seen here is a 3D model of a replica cast of the left humerus of David Livingstone, the Scottish medical missionary. Livingstone fractured his humerus after a lion attacked him during a hunt.

Livingstone gave an account of this attack in his publication, "Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa: Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa ":

"...I saw the lion just in the act of springing upon me...he caught my shoulder as he sprang, and we both came to the ground below together. Growling horribly close to my ear, he shook me as a terrier dog does a rat...Besides crunching the bone into splinters, he left eleven teeth wounds on the upper part of my arm."

3D Scan of Livingstone Humerus Cast


3D Scan of Livingstone Humerus Cast


“3D Scan of Livingstone Humerus Cast,” Heritage, accessed May 20, 2024,