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Specimen of the Week 296: Hawksbill turtle taxidermy

Hannah LCornish16 June 2017

Specimen of the week this week is big, very shiny and in need of some TLC. Today we bring you the…

LDUCZ-X1580 hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata

LDUCZ-X1580 hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata

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Specimen of the Week 290: The awful Bosc monitor lizard

JackAshby5 May 2017

Taxidermy Bosc monitor lizard. LDUCZ-X1314

Taxidermy Bosc monitor lizard. LDUCZ-X1314

Taxidermy appears to being going through a period of popularity at the moment. Hipsters and fans of geek-chic have realised what many of us already knew – natural history is cool. Gastro-pubs and boutique coffee shops are widely using it as decoration (I wonder whether they know that it’s probably been covered in arsenic to stop it being eaten by moths and beetles – not the best things to have around food and drink), there are excellent museum installations exploring it, and there are taxidermy classes being offered all over the place. However, some of it is truly awful (perhaps that’s part of the charm?), including this week’s Specimen of the Week… (more…)