Bloody freaky hands at that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surely it’s only a matter of time before Gunther von Hagens gets in on this?
- This link was originally titled, “These make my rabbits look a bit rubbish,” but then the bloody cleaner threw them away, so it’s now, “In Memoriam to my Rabbits.”
- If celebrities moved to Oklahoma
- Picture Pig
- Wind in the Willows
- Looks good enough to eat?
- “Nor, as the New Zealand media have observed, is it likely to bring cheaper air fares.”
- Museum Boerhaave
- Miguel Jackson?
- National Geographic
- NES Business Card Case
- ‘Kuroshio Sea’ (don’t forget to hit HD)