Scientific Taxidermy for Museums; Based on a Study of the United States Government Collections

Scientific Taxidermy for Museums; Based on a Study of the United States Government Collections

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...long experience, has said that---I know of but one good group of reptiles, and that is a group of turtles which was prepared by Mr. F. A. Lucas, and displayed at the exhibition of the S. A. T. in New York in 1883, where it received a medal, and afterwards was presented by him to the National Museum. This altogether unique and pretty group teaches one very important lesson, viz, that even the most commonplace animals are interesting when they are well mounted and grouped with a setting which represents their natural haunts. Some of the specimens in this group are represented above water, and some beneath it, while one enterprising individual is caught in the act of diving, with half of his body under water and the other half out. The situation represents the successful accomplishment of a very neat mechanical feat and is of itself an illustration of the possibilities in such matters.' ' But progress of the most substantial nature, thanks to Mr. Geode, is now being made along such lines in his collections of the U. S. National Museum, and I believe that in a very few years hence the exhibition series of this institution will stand among the very finest in the world. The consummate skill of the Palmers, Mr. Lucas, and a large trained staff of many others of the first ability in designing, painting, and casting, is sure to make it so. Dr. Stejneger has been kind enough to place at my disposition a number of the casts of his department (Reptiles), for which and other courtesies my thanks are here tendered him. With regard to the attitudes assumed by snakes, we may say that they are exceedingly numerous and many of them very interesting to behold. To secure figures of these for the use of modelers and casters we have a host of more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236985923
  • 9781236985927