How to be a stuffed animal
May 29, 2013 9:00 PM Subscribe
The bones had been boiled, the skins salted and soaked in formalin, the hoofs and horns measured and labeled, and the disassembled parts crated and shipped to the Upper West Side. There, on Akeley’s production line, the remains were reassembled and processed into a perfect likeness of what had once been, a “real” copy of reality. The animal had become an “animal."
The American Museum of Natural History has recently undertaken a renovation and update to many of their dioramas and taxidermy, especially the Hall of North American Mammals. Watch the restoration, from giving the cougar new whiskers to cleaning up the pronghorns' grass to fixing the bison's nose
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