Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How I Spent My Evening

Bela found a crow's head and I've had it staked out on an ant mound in the yard for a couple of weeks. Those ants work slow, let me tell ya. They've cleaned a bit of the crud out, mostly the brains, but a lot of skanky ass shit is still hanging on.
So, I got out my science pan (the pan I use for noncooking related potential bio hazards) and boiled that puppy right up. It's cooling now so that I can finish cleaning it up.
Do you know how difficult it is to find a bird skull in the wild? They don't last long when left to the elements. A paper thin skeletal structure can be like that.
For the curious: I'm not morbid, I just love comparative anatomy. Paleontology would be nowhere without it!


TheWeyrd1 said...


jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Ew is right. When I got the tweezers in the one orbital cavity I started pulling all sorts of gelatinous goo out. I was squicked, but then I thought, eh. I've done worse. Cleaning up fresh puke is worse.

gypsywee said...

Sweet! Lucky girl.