Scientists from the Ornithology and Mammalogy department offer an inside look at their latest projects.
The rediscovery of a “missing” New Guinea bat, and the value of collecting and documenting modern biodiversity.
June 23, 2014
Scientific museum specimens were often collected for one reason, and then used in studies that were not even imagined by the original field collector.
October 23, 2013
After we articulated the second flipper and the Built for Speed exhibit closed on September 29th, it was time to put Orca O319 on permanent display. He couldn’t stay hanging on that frame in the...
July 31, 2013
It's been almost two months since we completed O319, but there is still one piece missing: the right flipper.
June 11, 2013
After five weeks, the articulation of Orca O319 is complete!
June 5, 2013
Matching up the ribs in the right order and attaching them to the skeleton has been a time-intensive process.
May 31, 2013
Orca O319 recently received a new set of teeth made out of polyurethane! Instead of remaining on display with the rest of the skeleton, the real set of teeth from O319 will be kept in the...
May 28, 2013
One of the more time-intensive parts of the articulation process is assembling the flippers. From the outside, flippers look like they might be made up of cartilage, like the dorsal fin.
May 22, 2013
One of the first parts of the Orca that we’ve been working on is the backbone. In a previous post, I showed our volunteers putting all of the vertebrae in order and gluing the vertebral epiphyses on.
May 17, 2013
We’ve been getting some great questions from our visitors about Orca O319 and Orcas in general. Here is a sampling of the questions we’ve gotten, along with our answers: