Astragalus bone - Ancient precursor for dice and jacks games - Knucklebone

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Astragalus bone - Ancient precursor for dice and jacks games - Knucklebone by longtemps Aug 21, 2014
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The astragalus or talus bone, the ankle bone, usually taken from goats or sheep. Used in games of chance and skill since at least 3500 BC.
When tossed in the air, they will land with one of four sides face up, sometimes referred to as Camel, Goat, Horse and Sheep (see photo). Because of the irregularities of each bone, the probabilities of landing on any side are not equal as they are for dice. Games evolved with these differences in mind.
See these two Wikipedia entries for some games that use these bones:
This particular astragalus bone was extracted from a model of a human foot skeleton. Not the traditional source, but it works well enough! Perhaps ideal for Halloween games.


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Thanks for remixing!
Would you please upload the other animals bones as well? I mean the horse, camel...

The four labeled objects, those four animals are simply different orientations for how the exact same shaped bone lands. Just print as many of the same object as you need for a game.