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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 […]


Specimen of the Week: Week 166

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:00:32 +0000

Following on from last week’s focus on one of our specimens that will be receiving a spot of conservation TLC as part of our Bone Idols: Protecting Our Iconic skeletons┬áconservation project, this week’s specimen is another specimen we’re looking to raise funds to conserve. This specimen is one of the largest* single specimens in the […]