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Museum Menagerie: Historical Photos of the Construction of Early Wildlife Exhibits [Slide Show]

In honor of Darwin's birthday, we take a look back at diverse species being readied for display at the American Museum of Natural History

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ELEPHANT BEGINNINGS:

Armature for elephant, date unknown.....[ More ]

DINO LEG:

Setting up leg bones of Haplocanthosaurus , date unknown.....[ More ]

EAGLE:

Taxidermist mounting eagle for bird group display, North American Bird Hall, November 1961.....[ More ]

JAWS:

A museum staff member sits inside the jaws of a restored Carcharodon megalodon , January 1927.....[ More ]

WHALE:

Museum staff hanging sperm whale skeleton, Hall of Ocean Life, March 1933.....[ More ]

KUDU SKELETON:

Armature for young male greater kudu, mounted for kudu group, February 1931.....[ More ]

SHARK!:

Museum staff making plaster cast of basking shark, June 1930.....[ More ]

THE COMPLETE TIMBER WOLF:

Mounted timber wolf completed and ready for installation in North American Mammal Hall, December 1947.....[ More ]

BUILDING A TIMBER WOLF:

Roughed-out skeleton of timber wolf is arranged in desired position on support, October 1947.....[ More ]

PARADISE:

Raymond B. Potter mounting bird of paradise, February 1945.....[ More ]

LION:

Dr. James L. Clark and an unknown fitting animal skin on clay model of Indian lion, 1930.....[ More ]

DUCK-BILLED DINO:

Museum staff mounting Trachodon duck-billed dinosaurs, 1916.....[ More ]

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