Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

The Skeleton Collection - Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th, and what better way to spend it, than with the skeleton collection in the regional natural history collection.

This date in American culture is often auspicious with the dead and spirits. It has seemingly worked its way to Australia since. However, today I was giving a guest lecture at the regional museum about comparative anatomy to students studying biology at university and at vocational skills centres in Australia.

The Science of comparative anatomy draws links between animals that look similar and may be related. In many ways, simple structures are replicated throughout every living thing on the planet. However, drawing conclusions from the science of comparative anatomy is more difficult than you may think.

Today's photo exhibits the skeleton of a snake. With its multiple repeating vertebrae, extended rib-like structures, and backward pointing teeth to help it swallow. Making for an impressive photograph. What helps add to the effect are also the displays in the background and reflections in the glass from in the displays in next section.

Tags: australian wildlife, natural history, photography, skeleton, snake
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