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Who Is Bones Based On? 5 Things to Know About the Real Brennan!

Have you ever wondered about the person behind Bones’ opening credit, “Inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs”? Wonder no more! You may have figured out that Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) was based on Dr. Kathy Reichs (yes, she’s a PhD, too) — but here are 5 intriguing facts we excavated about this impressive academic-turned-crime novelist who had the smarts to think up our favorite brainy heroine.

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1. Dr. Reichs and Brennan have “the same CV” — but that’s where the similarities end. According to Dr. Reichs, Brennan is younger and more socially awkward. And, you know, no Booth (David Boreanaz)

2. This lady knows how to listen to the bones. She says, “For identifying gender I'd rather have a pelvis. For ethnicity I'd take a skull.”

3. Dr. Reichs works as a producer on Bones to “keep the science honest.” She even appeared in Season 2’s “Judas on a Pole” (as a forensic anthropologist on Zack Addy’s thesis committee), and she wrote the Season 5 Episode 20 “The Witch in the Wardrobe.”

4. She’s written 16 crime novels about Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan. Her debut, Déjà Dead, won the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award in 1997.

5. Putting her expertise to good use, she assisted with the 9/11 response team at the World Trade Center.

BONUS: Hardly a fan of those other TV crime procedurals, Dr. Reichs says “I have trouble watching the CSI shows, because if the science is inaccurate, it interferes with my viewing.” Now, that really does remind us of someone...

Source: The Guardian, Wikipedia, TVGuide

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05.19.2012 / 03:22 AM EDT by Daynah Burnett
Related: Bones, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan

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