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Specimen of the Week 253 : Moroccan phosphate fossils

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:45:47 +0000

This week’s Specimen of the Week is not one, but 48 individual specimens which make up a display box highlighting various fossil teeth from Morocco.  Display boxes of this sort are not uncommon as they are a visually appealing way to showcase numerous small specimens not to mention an entrepreneurial solution to add value to otherwise inexpensive individual fossils. The […]


Specimen of the Week 252 – The babirusa skull

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:32:04 +0000

Happy Friday everyone! This week I’ve chosen a specimen of the week that has been used as an icon for the Grant Museum of Zoology and which represents one of the weirder looking critters with which we share the world – a species so strange that it grows its teeth through its face and on the […]


Specimen of the Week 251: the electric eel

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:30:36 +0000

Hello blog-folks. Will Richard here picking another favourite from the 68,000 options that make up the Grant Museum. And this time it’s a shocker. Literally. **the preserved electric eel** 1. ‘eeling good! The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is a long, thin freshwater fish native to rivers and swamps in South America. They grow to about […]


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