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National Museum of Scotland Archives

We went to the National Museum of Scotland Archive Center Tuesday to visit the Invertebrate Wet storage department. It was amazing.
An amazing mollusk. See, I told you it was amazing.
The curator told us that a lot of the collected specimens (especially the snakes, and the older foreign specimens) were collected because someone accidentally (or in fear) killed them, and then realized that there was “that crazy collector” down the street who might pay money for the slightly damaged body to add to their collection…
A turtle skull in a box. As you do.
These frogs are perfect. The label tells me so.
Fish samples
Cephalopods in jars.
I loved the narrow spaces, everything was stored in one of those library shelving systems where only one row can be opened at a time, and they are moved with big wheels like a printing press has. Just the density of information was overwhelming.

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