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Natural History Museums Once Fermented Reptiles in Household Pickling Crocks

The ceramic jars were cost-effective for storing specimens, but brought nasty surprises when unsealed. AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF GLITTERING glass jars in the Ichthyology collectionstoreroom at the Florida Museum of Natural History are a few enormous, dusty, ceramic crocks. These vessels are currently empty, but the cryptic numbering and globby drips down their outsides hint at their past scientific purpose.… Read More »