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Specimen of the Week: Week 167

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:30:19 +0000

Many different animals are associated with Christmastime. There are those with a biblical connection to the birth of Jesus –the animals of the nativity (donkey, ox and sheep) and the camels ridden by the three kings/wise men. There is the Yule goat of Scandinavia (whose ancient origin is connected to the Norse god Thor who […]


Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month: December 2014

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00:23 +0000

God rest ye merry fossil fish You’ll never be displayed For the selection criteria of specimens Isn’t biased in your way To save us all from excitement You’re here to save the day O drawers of underwhelming fossil fish Underwhelming fossil fish O drawers o-hof underwhelming fossil fish. It’s that time of the year when […]


The Glass Delusion

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:30:40 +0000

‘Man, like all animals, is glass and can return to glass’ writes the German alchemist Johann Becher in his work Physica Subterranea published in 1669. Becher claimed that he had found the secret of turning dead bodies into transparent glass, so that we could surround ourselves with beautiful vases formed of our ancestors (preferable, he […]