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Specimen of the Week 188: Spirorbis worms

Mon, 18 May 2015 07:52:08 +0000

If you check our specimen of the week widget, where you can see all past specimens of the weeks the vertebrates, in particular mammals, still dominate despite being a comparatively small group of animals. This week I’m going to focus attention on a far less furry or ferocious invertebrate animal because let’s face it they […]


Fish printing and reanimating the dead

Thu, 14 May 2015 08:31:44 +0000

How do you reanimate things that are dead? Since beginning my role as Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum I’ve been worrying at this question. My focus is on the Museum’s collection of glass sponges, but over the past six months these extraordinary animals have pushed me down other paths to explore. Some of […]


Specimen of the Week 187: The Tamandua Hand

Mon, 11 May 2015 08:00:33 +0000

Hello! Will Richard here, bringing you another Specimen of the Week. This month I’ve decided to start with a reading from one of my poems. I call this “Specimen”. Ahem ahem. The hand is in the jar. The hand of a tamandua? It might seem quite bleak as my choice for this week but read […]


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UCL Special Collections

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