little fossiles
January 2nd, 2019

Buried treasure

Becky is museum preparator. Many different tasks fall under this umbrella: cleaning whale bones, preparing study skins of birds and animals, and repairing broken geological samples, for example. However, of all the tasks I do, the most relaxing is washing…
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Becky at work
January 2nd, 2019

Becky's Blog: A quail tale

Every now and then I am invited to do a special after hours event. Usually this is some kind of live preparation demonstration, the type I used to do regularly in LiveScience in our old museum (and will do again after our new building opens!). I really…
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neptunusbeker
January 2nd, 2019

An animal big enough to sit in

The story behind the biggest Neptune's cup in the collection of Naturalis Biodiversity Center That’s right - this is a story about an animal big enough to sit in. It might be hard to comprehend when you look at it, but the Neptune’s cup (Cliona patera…
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Dusty ribs in a box
January 2nd, 2019

A bottlenose with mold issues

Recently we worked on a rare specimen, a male Northern bottlenose whale, Hyperoodon ampullatus. This specimen is from October 1946 and was found on the island of Terschelling. Bottlenose whales are rare in our collection because they do not occur in the…
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whale bone
January 2nd, 2019

Becky's Blog: Whale bones and murder mysteries

How a process that is a problem for our whale bones, can be of great value in forensic anthropology. A tale about adipocere, otherwise known as corpse wax. Before a decedent whale can be stored in our collection, it has to be completely clean and stripped…
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A new and an old toothbrush
January 2nd, 2019

Whales and toothbrushes

The first thing that happens when you start any new project at a museum is the literature search. How have other museums dealt with the issues that you are about to be surrounded by? After doing all this research and figuring out what would be the best…
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Fused vertebrae
January 2nd, 2019

Becky's Blog: Funny bones

Many and more things can be examined form bones. In one of the early blogs, I looked closely at some of the strange bone issues we came across while cleaning dolphin skeletons. As the project continued, we see bone deformities so regularly that I started…
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whale skeleton
January 2nd, 2019

Hips don't lie

Whenever the whale team goes to a work on a specimen recently washed up, we know we have a rather disgusting challenge in front of us. One of the trickiest things when removing the many pounds of flesh is to be careful not to lose the tiny pelvic bones…
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Bumblebee on hand
December 24th, 2018

The bees and their pollination work

Ever since there have been flowers, there have been insects to pollinate these flowers. Bees are rewarded by the plant with food; the nectar and pollen from the flowers. They need it for energy and that is why you always see lots of bees flying around in…
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