This is how long I've been meaning to blog about it ! This is me in 2010, soon after I started blogging with my friend Innes:
Mixing it up
Humans have thinner skulls than most animals because we wear helmets. I would have loved to have known more about this helmet but couldn't find a label. This is a bit of a recurring problem at this museum.
It's hard to imagine how long this must have taken and with what skill as well:
This is his skull. You can see how the teeth are in the original condition, even though the bone has been cleaned, which is nice:
The wildlife room
This is one of Scotland's rare birds: the capercaillie, which at one time was thought to be likely to have become extinct in the Uk by now. I have never seen one but I really want to. It's a type of large grouse, and they both have the red eyebrow above the eye:
This is a real life haggis ! I wrote about my haggis skull a couple of years ago, right at the start of April.
This is fur and bone from a extinct woolly rhino, that they found just outside of Glasgow. It was interesting because you don't always think of Scotland as a place to find remains of long extinct species like these:
EvolutionAt the other side of the museum was a display which talked about evolution, which brought about these changes in the species which eventually ended up as humans over millions of years.
You could also see how the horse leg has evolved over millions of years as another example. It's interesting to compare with deer feet, which are slightly similar, and which I know a lot more about:
Label your skeletons !One of the things that Kelvingrove Museum is not very good at is having labels on everything they show, which is frustrating. In the same room as the evolution exhibit was an unlabelled squirrel skeleton:
And these horse, shark, harbour porpoise, fox and rabbit skull were all unlabelled !
And you have to look on the museum website to find out whether Sir Roger the Elephant, who lived at a zoo in Glasgow until October 1900 when he was put down, was an African or Asian elephant. (He's an Asian one, you can tell by the ears).
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