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Skeleton Surfeit?

March 29, 2011

La Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée, Part 4

I have been struck by the volume of ongoing interest in my post a few months back about the comparative anatomy exhibits at the Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée in Paris. This museum does have an overwhelming quantity of superb material on exhibit, and looking back through my photos I realized that there are many good ones that I had not posted.

Groups such as the whales and ungulates are heavily represented in this gallery, and when I wrote that post I wanted to cover as many groups as possible, so I left out a lot. In case you might be interested to see more photos of the place, here is a selection of those remaining …

The skeleton of a humpback sits behind and below some of the other whales.

The massive skull of a rorqual (Balaenoptera) is mounted like a work of art.

A grouping of beautiful and alien-looking whale skulls

The jaws of sperm whales make unusual architectural features.

This whale vertebra was cleverly patched by some long-past preparator.

This armadillo (Dasypus) is mounted to show the relationship between its skeleton and armoured "shell."

Even the windows are used as exhibit space! These are the rostra ("saws") of sawfish.

As in the real world, artiodactyls make up a big part of the large mammal diversity. Here is one grouping of hoofed mammals ...

... and another ...

... and yet another ...

... and the tallest ungulate.

A sea turtle

These pigeons are mounted to show the progression of movement in flight.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 31, 2011 1:21 pm

    Wow, that’s really weird!!

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