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Specimen of the Week 236: The Seahorse Skeleton

JackAshby22 April 2016

1. Familiar when fleshless

Can you name some animals that look more or less the same with or without their skin and flesh on? Those which are instantly recognisable from their skeletons alone?
Crocodiles, penguins and seahorses spring to my mind. Can you think of any more?
What these unrelated animals have in common – and what sets them apart – is that their skin sits directly on bone, at least on the important bodyparts. But this comes about in different ways.

Seahorse skeleton and dried seahorse. LDUCZ-V433 and LDUCZ-V434

Seahorse skeleton and dried seahorse.
LDUCZ-V433 and LDUCZ-V434

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If I were a woodlouse

Emma-LouiseNicholls28 January 2014

 

If I were a woodlouse, I would stick to wood,

And I would only go, where I know a woodlouse should,

I wouldn’t stick my head, into a bird’s leg-bone,

I wouldn’t use just anything, in which to make a home,

‘Cause the problem you might find, once you’ve wriggled in,

Is that over time you grew larger, and the bone becomes too thin,

So even if you turn around, and head back whence you came,

You may find that,

You’ve grown too fat,

And have to die of shame.

 

Emma-Louise Nicholls is the Curatorial Assistant at the Grant Museum of Zoology

 

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