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Author Topic: Articulated Skeleton?  (Read 1009 times)
Sulla
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« on: March 06, 2014, 09:15:45 pm »

Where does one start when looking for a nice articulated skeleton?  I would like to own one, am not willing to make one.  It doesn't need to be anything extravagant or endangered (or even large) but I'd like something better than a chicken.  Maybe a cat or something.

What say you?
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 09:27:34 pm »

I assume you want to avoid the fake kind. Perhaps look for any taxidermists in your area.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 09:45:39 pm »

Yeah, no fakes.  Thanks for the tip.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 10:15:21 pm »

May I suggest The Bone Room? Fun place to shop in person, but they also ship.
https://www.boneroom.com/welcome.aspx?c=523&n=RealBones
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 10:22:10 pm »

Yeah, no fakes.  Thanks for the tip.

If you don't want a fake, then I suspect it will work out to be rather expensive.

There are plenty of suppliers of anatomical skeletons for teaching purposes, I don't know what the "bones" would be made of these days, but I suppose phenolic resin would be a good match for bone colour and density, certainly better than Mr Skellington that I remember from the technician's room next to the biology lab at school. You should be able to find replica dog, pony, calf, foal, goat and sheep skeletons from a supplier to veterinary colleges.

Going for real skeletons will be more tricky and certainly more expensive. Animals slaughtered for meat are not cut up with a view to keeping their bones nice and neat. Cleaning off all the meat takes time. Cleaning off the cartilage takes even more time. Then you'd want to stabilize the bones against changes in humidity.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 10:41:08 pm »

May I suggest The Bone Room? Fun place to shop in person, but they also ship.
https://www.boneroom.com/welcome.aspx?c=523&n=RealBones

I was looking at their skeletons, I like the Comparative Heart Set In Lucite though...
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2014, 03:08:24 am »

I suggest a young drifter; someone that won't be missed.
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2014, 07:35:45 am »

...and skinny, less work for the bugs.
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2014, 11:33:01 am »

Road kill? Scrape it up, bury it in a box with a  couple of hand fulls of maggots. Dig it up a month or so later..boil and bleach it. Obviously not road kill that's been flattened but  dead from impact..if you see what I mean.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2014, 03:25:38 pm »

Road kill? Scrape it up, bury it in a box with a  couple of hand fulls of maggots. Dig it up a month or so later..boil and bleach it. Obviously not road kill that's been flattened but  dead from impact..if you see what I mean.

Seems like a good idea, but ideally you'd want two or three of the same species of around the same size. Roadkill is going to have broken bones from the impact.

But now that I think about it, mix-and-match from two or three different species would make for an interesting cryptozooic specimen, like a Jackalope, for example, or a Cupacabra.
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2014, 06:29:25 pm »

Thanks all.  I have no intention of making an articulated skeleton.   Wink  I have contacted a few local taxidermists and am on the trail to what I want.  Thanks again!
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2014, 03:28:45 am »

Pity. The proposed methods sounded so reasonable...
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