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posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 01:48 PM
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How do you extract a complete and clean skeleton from a dead bird for the museum? The answer just might "bug" you.


Watch a time-lapse video showing the Museum's smallest workers, flesh-eating beetles, preparing the skeletons of a great green macaw, tawny owl and mountain peacock-pheasant for our collections. Chemical preparation of skeletons can cause damage to the bones so a special beetle species, Dermestes haemarrhoidalis, is used to strip off the flesh while leaving the bones and collagen untouched.






posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 07:05 PM
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Very interesting to watch...thanks for posting!





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