Skull of the Magdalenian Woman, cranium of the most complete Upper Paleolithic skeleton in North America, dating between 17,000-12,000 BP. She was discovered in 1911 in the mouth of the Cap-Blanc cave in France when an excavation crew accidentally struck her head with a pick axe. She was reconstructed from the broken pieces in the 1930s but was left looking more ape- than human-like. Today we are taking her to be CT scanned on a microscopic level in order to rebuild the skull in software, which will eventually be 3D printed, in order to have a more physiologically accurate model without risking damage to the original. TECHNOLOGY (at The Field Museum)
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An harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) and south american fur seal (Arctocephalus australis).
I wrote an article about phylogenetics and pinnipeds (french, sorry) with many pictures :
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Dissected 6-part human skull I just completed. These can be made custom. Contact me at email@example.com for more information. #humanskull #realskull #anatomy #anatomical #medicalskull #oddities #antique #cabinetofcuriosites #explodedskull
1. a skull.
2. a death’s head; a human skull, as symbol of death.
Etymology: Dutch, from Middle Dutch schedele, from Old Dutch skēthila, *skeithila, “part, crown, crest, summit”, from Proto-Germanic *skaidilō, “part in the hair, top, crown, crest, summit”, from Proto-Indo-European *skÁit-, “to cut, part, separate”. Cognate with German Scheitel, “part, crest, apex”.
Skull of the American Bison (Bison bison)
Reginald Southey with human and monkey skeleton
Albumen photograph by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (nom de plume Lewis Caroll, author of Alice in Wonderland), 1857.
Reginald Southey was an English physician who invented a specialized cannula (tube) for draining the excess fluid from limbs suffering from edema (dropsy). He also apparently served on England’s “Lunacy Commission” so…there’s that. Southey was lifelong friends with Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and was the one who encouraged him to take up photography.
The pensive expression on Southey’s face betrays the fact that he’s standing with his arm around a skeleton rather than a live human. The composition of the photograph and the portrayal of the abnormal as mundane strikes me as incredibly reminiscent of the worlds Dodgson created in his writings.
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) - collected in the Galapagos, 1933. Their unique teeth are adapted for feeding on marine algae; additionally, these marine reptiles have the ability to secrete salt from a specialized nasal gland, allowing them to subsist in the sea. Darwin thought they were super ugly when he first saw them, but haters gonna hate. (at The Field Museum)
This beloved dude broke the 30k notes in a year and a half.
Thank you everyone.
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One of these things is not like the other…
First row: Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) skeleton
Second row: Hooded seal (Cystopkora cristata) skeleton
Third row: Dugong (Dugong dugon) skeleton, Brazilian sea lion (Otaria flavescens) skeleton.
*Skulls depicted are of species in the same genus as the skeleton.
Sirenia (manatees, dugongs, and sea cows) and Pinnipedia (the seals, walruses, and sea lions) are often seen as very similar, but they came from very different lineages.
While both came from land mammals (just like all sea mammals), the pinnipeds evolved from a bear-like ancestor, who returned to the sea around 28 MYA. They’re Caniformidae, or dog-like Carnivora.
Vergleicheende Osteologie. Edward D’alton, 1821.
Crocodylia - skulls of American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), and crocodile sp. Similar animals began to show up in the fossil record as much as 230mya, but modern-day members of Crocodylia have remain largely unchanged for the last 80my, and out-survived the dinosaurs that perished during the mass extinction event signaling the end of the Cretaceous period 66mya. This is sorta crazy, considering modern-day humans diverged from our closest relatives only about 500,000 years ago. Lol. (at The Field Museum)
The Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) was one of the last of the Ice Age megafauna to go extinct, around 10,000 BCE. At this time humans were expanding globally, domesticating animals, and exploring the potential of agricultural farming - all while these creatures roamed the countryside, occasionally wandering into tar pits. (at Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits)
Timelapse for the two-faced calfs skull being cleaned by the beetles.
I just thought it was the coolest thing ever so I tried to make a gif.
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The one I did didn’t works well as your
Micronycteris megalotis ventral skulls! I’m taking a scientific illustration class finally and learning how to do this for real, which is exciting.
I’m also learning how weird drafting film is to draw on.