Detail of “Macabre Scene” – by Michel de Spiegelaere [French]
2010 / Resin, varnished, impregnated cardboard
Photo: Joanna Ebenstein @morbidanatomy
From the collection of Richard Harris
More - http://www.richardharrisartcollection.com

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Detail of “Macabre Scene” – by Michel de Spiegelaere [French]
2010 / Resin, varnished, impregnated cardboard
Photo: Joanna Ebenstein @morbidanatomy
From the collection of Richard Harris
More - http://www.richardharrisartcollection.com

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Macabre Scene – by Michel de Spiegelaere [French]
2010 / Resin, varnished, impregnated cardboard
From the collection of Richard Harris
More - http://www.richardharrisartcollection.com

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Happy Easter BoneLust Style! I just happened to be working on dry preserving these rabbit ears for use in a future art project & it seemed fitting. I rarely find rabbits to work on here but always try to salvage as much of them as I can when I do. There will be paw pendants too so stay tuned for those at Bonelust.Etsy.Com - This does also remind me of a disturbing childhood prank my father played on me one Easter morning. He told me our cats had killed the Easter bunny & I was pretty upset. And look at me now, haha 🐰β™₯πŸ’€β™₯🐰 (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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AVAILABLE NOW $175! A 4-Horned Jacob Sheep Ewe Skull. Treat yourself at Bonelust.Etsy.Com 🐏β™₯πŸ’€β™₯🐏 πŸ‘‰ Sorry, I will not be reserving this item for anyone as I’ve already had many inquires about it & can not ship this outside the US. πŸ‘ˆ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW $175 & $125! Limited quantities of these two styles of my Real Dry Preserved & Ethically Sourced Bat Specimen in Ornate Frame Displays just listed. Yes, the bats used had a natural death. Those of you awaiting a previous pre-order or regular order can expect them to ship no later than next week. Thanks so much for your patience as I make each one by hand myself with love. Treat yourself at Bonelust.Etsy.Com soon! πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€ Sorry, but I can not ship these outside the US due to customs restrictions. πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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JUST RESTOCKED $35! From my Tooth Fairy Series: Real Human Molar Charm Necklace with your choice of charm and 24” chain. And Real Human Molar Pendant Necklace on 30” Chain. Treat yourself to one of these top sellers at Bonelust.Etsy.Com πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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Vitale de Assisi) (1295 – May 31, 1370), was an Italian hermit and monk. Born in Bastia Umbra, Vitalis as a youth was licentious and immoral. However, he attempted to expiate his sins by going on pilgrimage to various sanctuaries in Italy and Europe. When he returned to Umbria, he became a Benedictine monk at Subiaco.

Vitalis then spent the rest of his life in the hermitage of Santa Maria di Viole, near Assisi, in utter poverty. His one possession was an old container that he used to drink water from a nearby spring. His reputation for holiness soon spread after his death. He was known as a patron against sicknesses and diseases affecting the bladder and genitals.

On 29 May 2011, a head preserved as a relic, allegedly that of this saint, was offered at auction with an estimate of €1,000 at Annesbrook House, Duleek, County Meath, Ireland. It was sold to an unnamed movie star from Los Angeles, California, for €3,500. More - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13522546

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Tardigrades (also known as waterbears or moss piglets) are water-dwelling, segmented micro-animals, with eight legs. Since 1778, over 1,150 tardigrade species have been identified. Tardigrades are classified as extremophiles, organisms that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth. For example, tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce. Usually, tardigrades are about 0.5 mm (0.020 in) long when they are fully grown. The animals are prevalent in mosses and lichens and feed on plant cells, algae, and small invertebrates. More - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade

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A 19th century human skull with caries sicca caused by the gummatous lesions of syphilis. This is an extreme example of tertiary syphilis (neurosyphilis). Pitted lesions erode, heal and scar over many years and infection of the brain and other parts of the body along with advanced dementia would have also occurred.

In tertiary syphilis, the infection-causing organisms have continued to grow for years. Pockets of damage, or lesions, affects various tissues such as the bones, skin, nervous tissue, heart, and arteries. These areas are called gummas, and are very destructive. Tertiary syphilis is less frequently seen today than in the past because of early detection and adequate treatment. More info - http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/syphilis-tertiary/overview.html

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Bring on the Tremors, Dune & Beetlejuice comments! This beauty is a polychaete worm. It belongs to a class of annelids that have been on this planet for about 530 million years (over 200 million years longer than trees). There are over 10,000 species of polychaetes and can live in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, from the coldest parts of the ocean to the hottest, right near hydrothermal vents. Photo credit: Crassous/SPL/Barcroft More - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychaete

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Human face/eye specimen from the book Forces of Form: The Vrolik Museum by Hans van den Bogaard

Established around the private collections of Gerardus Vrolik (1775–1859) and his son Willem (1801–63), the Vrolik Musuem in Amsterdam has since its founding in the nineteenth century been one of the most admired expositions of anatomy in all of Europe. Scientists and physicians from all over the world travel to gaze upon the five thousand specimens of human and animal anatomy, embryology, pathology, and congenital anomalies housed at the museum.

Forces of Form brings this collection back into the limelight, exploring the museum’s rich history and displaying in color illustrations 150 of the museum’s most fascinating specimens. You can find the book online. More on the museum - http://www.amsterdam.info/museums/museum-vrolik/

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Chilean Mummies Reveal Signs of Arsenic Poisoning -
People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.

Previous analyses showed high concentrations of arsenic in the hair samples of mummies from both highland and coastal cultures in the region. However, researchers weren’t able to determine whether the people had ingested arsenic or if the toxic element in the soil had diffused into the mummies’ hair after they were buried.

In the new study, scientists used a range of high-tech methods to analyze hair samples from a 1,000- to 1,500-year-old mummy from the TarapacΓ‘ Valley in Chile’s Atacama Desert. They determined the high concentration of arsenic in the mummy’s hair came from drinking arsenic-laced water and, possibly, eating plants irrigated with the toxic water. More - http://www.livescience.com/44837-chilean-mummy-photos.html

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The same exact Gulf Hammock Rat Snake I recently came across on my property at night made a day appearance today. This is a pretty standard pose I catch this species in as they try to figure out how to climb my home in hopes of finding a meal of anoles, tree frogs or even birds.

More info about the Gulf Hammock Rat Snake, Elaphe obsoleta williamsi. Range: Can be found in Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist and Alachua counties of Florida. Diet: Rodents and birds. Status: Fairly common in its range. Considered by some to be a distinct subspecies, others recognize it as an intergrade between the Gray Rat Snake, on the panhandle side, and the Yellow Rat Snake, on the peninsular side. They may be marked differently, however most have the blotches like the Gray Rat Snake and four stripes like the
Yellow Rat Snake. Average size: 36-72 inches; Record 84 inches. Young are 11-17 inches at birth. I came across one longer than 6 feet here on my property once and it was quite friendly. β™₯🐍β™₯

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Just helped free this big beautiful wasp that got itself somehow stuck inside an old screw hole on my shed door. I imagine it had been stuck like that for hours. It was a tricky procedure for sure, haha 🐝β™₯🐝

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