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The basics of taxidermy

 

Jennifer Hall

Lynx form mid-sculpt

Animal preservation has been an important part of human history, essential to both survival and culture. From porcupine quill harvesting for tribal jewelry to ancient Egyptian pet mummification, the challenge of keeping organic material resistant to decay has been practiced in many forms. It wasn't until relatively recently that societies began to see the potential of animal preservation for the purpose of education and conservation (a story for another time perhaps). This new appreciation for what would become the diorama propelled the art of taxidermy, both scientifically and aestheticall...



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