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Help with my first project?


Picked this little guy up off the sidewalk yesterday morning while I was walking Loki. I’ve done a few dissections on birds before, but this is my first mammal, so I’m pretty excited.  I’d like to try and get as much of the skeleton as I can, and maybe put it back together for display eventually.

This is my first time harvesting bones out of a whole critter though, so I’m not entirely sure how to proceed. I’ve got some pics of my current setup under the cut - if any of you lovely people could take a look and tell me if there’s anything I could improve/any more efficient way to do it, I’d really appreciate it. 

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When I volunteered in the zoology collection at the museum of nature and science, we prepped a lot of mammals. General procedure was to cut most of the flesh from the bones and dry the remainder until water weight was dramatically reduced. Basically, turn it into a jerky skeleton. THEN feed it to your dermestids. They’re best for getting the skeleton clean, not disposing of all flesh and innards. They will take care of brains, so you should be good, at least with something possum-sized. An exacto knife with a sharp, fresh blade, needle nose pliers, and a cheap set of dental probes are helpful for getting that tight, thin, stubborn skin off feet, skull, and tail. Again, the less you make the bugs eat, the faster it’ll go and the less it’ll stink. I hope you’re wearing gloves, and eye protection is also a good idea.


"I’m always sad."
"Are there certain thoughts associated with the sadness?"
"No, the sadness is under the thoughts. It’s like when you’re on a camping trip, and it’s really cold, and you put on extra socks, and an extra sweater, but you still can’t get warm, because the coldness is in your bones."
"Do you hope to get away from it?"
"Not anymore. I just hope to come to peace with it."

Jesus had a lot of issue with powerful people using power over the powerless.

Clergy protest Supreme Court by handing out condoms at Hobby Lobby. (via think-progress)

Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, was quick to blast the ruling, saying, “I am horrified by the thought that the owners of Hobby Lobby as Christians think their corporation has a soul, and I’m even more appalled that the Supreme Court agrees.”

There are a lot of religious people who aren’t jerks and work for the betterment of humanity.

(via turnabout)

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