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Specimen of the Week 249: the Galago

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:04:15 +0000

Hello all! George Phillips here, presenting my first specimen of the week: the galago. The specimen you see before you is Demidoff’s dwarf galago (Galago demidoff), an omnivorous, nocturnal bushbaby native to the rainforests and wooded savanna of Central and West Africa. With a hearty abdominal incision for better internal distribution of preservative fluid, this […]


What’s the difference between snakes and legless lizards? Specimen of the Week 248

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:30:11 +0000

Slow worms – They don’t have a leg to stand on Not all legless reptiles are snakes, like this slow worm which is just one of the many kinds of legless lizards. The complete or near loss of limbs has evolved in lizards a great number of times. Some entire lizard families are legless. Some […]


Dead to me!

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:32:58 +0000

Human remains at the Petrie Museum. It’s time to come out of storage! Death is part of life, and for me, death is very much a part of work since I am currently rehousing the human remains at the museum. In February, I attended a seminar at the Institute of Archaeology (IoA), PASSING ENCOUNTERS: The […]


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