Oh tumblr, how I have missed you so.  As of this very moment I am waiting in the airport for my flights back to Missoula; hopefully tomorrow I will be back to our regularly scheduled posts, but until then enjoy these random shots found in the many folders of images on my computer!

These specimens (a frog and two fish) are prepared using a special chemical process called “clearing and staining”, which turns the tissues and organs translucent while alizarin is used to dye the calcium in the bones red.  The process is explained well here, and you can see more specimens (a large frog and fetal pig) from our museum in this post from June.  Both of these specimens are on display in our collaborative art show An Aesthetic Taxonomy, which is currently featured in the UC Gallery until the end of this week.  If you haven’t stopped by already, DO IT!  Not that I’m biased or anything, but it is pretty awesome… 

See you tomorrow!