I stopped by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for Forensic Friday, where I talked to paleobiologist David Bohaska. He showed me 6 million year old fossilized vertebra from whales and dolphins. Last Friday’s theme was “Marine debris & ocean life”, and the scientists brought in a few marine mammals (whale, dolphin and manatee) bones, used to speculate the animal’s cause of death. I photographed the bones and injury sites, but I’m not sure yet if I am allowed to publish the images. The fossils are part of off-the-shelf collections, not available to the general public, so I will need to clear it with the Smithsonian first. Regardless of publishing the photos, I can’t wait to share the stories I heard about those animals lives…
Cristina RussoScientist, Ph.D. in Biophysics. Also passionate about peculiarities of the natural world, and obsessed with Sci-fi. Based in Washington D.C. and a click away from all the Smithsonians.
Dogs on Ice
- The image above and on the header of this blog are part of the early 20th century Antarctic Expeditions. Here a dog is photographed by Herbert Ponting aboard the Terra Nova (1911), and on the header, a sled team was photographed by Frank Hurley from the Endurance (1915).
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