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Natural illustration

August 25, 2014

A Summer spent visiting museums has left me a little hooked on historical natural illustration (amongst many, many other things).

The American Museum of Natural History are posting images from their archives on a few pinterest boards, the Vertebrate Zoology Anatomy Illustrations board is probably the pick of the bunch.

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It looks like they rotate the images they have up on the board periodically. The Natural Histories board also has a few nice pics.

Also worth mentioning, you can pick up Art of Nature by the Natural History Museum (London) for £4 here. The illustrations are grouped by continent and it’s a good mix of people, plants and animals (certainly worth £4!).

Currently in my Amazon basket I’ve also got Curious Beasts, a collection of animal illustrations from the 15th-19th centuries produced by the British Museum. I missed the exhibition when it came to the Midlands though I was lucky enough to catch a similarly themed exhibition in Copenhagen a few years ago (complete with mermaid skeleton), I imagine I’ll know a few of the prints already but even if not I’m fairly sure it’ll be up my street.

Bones

July 8, 2010

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Sitting somewhere between cool and crazy, Japanese scientists have found a way to render flesh transparent and then dye bones, cartilage and organs bright blue, pink, red and green to leave these pretty cool specimens.

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This cat gecko is probably the best example to show that rather than just dyed skeletons they are still encased by their own (see-through) flesh. There’s also a Youtube vid.

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Surely it’s only a matter of time before Gunther von Hagens gets in on this?

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