Tag Archives: Museum

You Can Never Have Too Many Squirrels.

30 Apr

Fossil Foods!

15 Apr
Photo; Simon Watson

  Photo; Simon Watson

We’re getting rather excited about the opening of our new Museum gallery Nature’s Library at the end of this month.

In preparation we thought we’d knock up some fossil cookies, as seen on Martha Stewart’s website using the new plastic bug collection in our shop. Unlike the bugs themselves, our results were delicious.

Nature’s Library opens 27th April.

Canada: You Are Awesome.

13 Feb

Dino Coin

The Canadian Mint is releasing the second in its series of ‘Prehistoric Creature’ glow in the dark dinosaur coins, this time with the Quetzalcoatlus.

The Quetzalcoatlus isn’t technically a dinosaur; it was an ancient flying reptile belonging to the order Pterosauria the most famous of which was the Pterodactyl. This does not make the coin any less awesome.

The $30 coins are strictly limited edition, but well worth a trip to Canada.

Lego Dinosaurs Don’t Exist (Yet)

3 Jan

lego t rexThis dinosaur skeleton LEGO set is up for support on the LEGO CUUSO website  where if it reaches 10,000 supporters LEGO will review the sets for manufacture.

The Shop Elves are so excited by the prospect of building their own LEGO dinosaur they may just combust before the target is reached…

Scary Monsters (Super Creeps)

22 Dec

Super Creeps


A new species of spider that builds decoys of larger spiders to scare away potential predators may have been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, according to science educator and biologist Phil Torres in a recent interview with Wired.

We don’t like spiders at the best of times; clever spiders are the stuff of our nightmares…

Horsehead Nebula

9 Dec


The Horsehead Nebula, located approximately 1,300 to 1,500 lightyears from Earth in the constellation of Orion, is making buzz in the space news circuit after researchers at the Institute for Millimetric Radio Astronomy detected an unusually dense presence of hydrocarbon molecule C3H+—one of the smallest molecules that compose petroleum and natural gas—estimated to be 200 times more than the total amount of water on Earth.

Bad Wolf

7 Dec



Stacey Ransom has pointed us towards this delightful collection of fantastically  bad taxidermy.

It’s a trove of over stuffed big cats,  over stretched wolves and badly positioned small mammals. Our favourite might be a gruesome lions feeing scene with plenty of red paint splashed about in direct contrast to the  random domesticated rabbit in the background.

Release The Bats!

15 Nov

Ever wanted to know how animals go from a dead body to a clean museum-ready specimen?

This video from the University of Michigan traces the creation of a bat skeleton, from a fleshy dead bat in a jar, to a neat, little set of bones in a display case. It’s painstaking (and rather squishy) work.

The Hominids Are Coming

10 Nov

Brian Andrews has spent many years producing his striking “Hominid” images, described as “photo composites made from human and veterinary images creating hominid creatures.”

Now, these images have been animated, and the result is both beautiful and wonderfully disturbing.

Hominid is an animated teaser based on the Hominid series of photo composites by Brian Andrews. The series has been exhibited internationally, including at SIGGRAPH, in the Hong Kong Exhibition Center, and at numerous galleries. This animated teaser was produced at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. Be on the lookout for future Hominid animations.


Hominid from Brian Andrews on Vimeo.

Catalogue of the Manchester shabti collection published

9 Nov


Catalogue of the Manchester shabti collection published.

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