Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the by Gordon Grice

By Gordon Grice

Precisely the ebook for each younger explorer who loves discovering stuff in nature and bringing it domestic. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated creation to the wonders of typical heritage and the fun of being an novice scientist and collector.

Nature author Gordon Grice, who all started his first cupboard of curiosities at age six whilst he came across a skunk’s cranium, explains how scientists classify all residing issues in the course of the Linnaeus procedure; how you can inform genuine gold from fool’s gold; the right way to look after butterflies, crab shells, feathers, a robin’s egg, spider specimens, and honeycombs; how one can establish seashells; the variation among antlers and horns; the way to learn animal tracks. after which, what to do together with your specimens, together with tips to construct a cupboard of curiosities out of universal family gadgets, like a table organizer or a field for fishing tackle.

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Pigeon (Columba livia) DOMAIN: EUKARYOTA KINGDOM: ANIMALIA PHYLUM: CHORDATA CLASS: AVES ORDER: COLUMBIFORMES FAMILY: COLUMBIDAE GENUS: Columba SPECIES: C. livia Pigeons are among the oldest human companions. They may first have been domesticated ten thousand years ago. The species still exists in the wild—it’s known as the rock dove, and it specializes in living on the ledges of cliffs. It’s one of the few species that has benefitted from the development of cities. Pigeons treat city buildings as cliffs and nest on their ledges.

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These parts are made of soft tissue rather than bone, so they don’t last. There’s nothing left of its ears to let you know what powerful instruments they were. A cow can hear sounds too deep and too high for human ears. The nose is another matter. Even though the fleshy end is gone, the skull will still reveal the long snout. The large size of the snout is a hint that the cow also had a good sense of smell. Cattle can sometimes detect predators miles away just by scent. Then there are the eyes.

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