Aug 25 2009

Deskeletonization

Many times I have marveled at the intricate skeletons assembled by scientists of bygone eras.  The art of removing the bones from things and reassembling them into educational displays has by far been lost to the sands of time.  I intend to rectify this injustice by showing just how easy this process can be!  No more will anatomy students be able to cheat on tests without the cold stares of dead animals watching their nefarious deeds!

1.) First you need a dead animal.  For my purposes and restraints, I have chosen the head of a mocking bird.  This bird was delivered to my laboratory by a dear friend and I was assured that it died of perfectly natural causes.

2.) Second is the boiling apparatus. Of course any pot will do, but the process smells hideous and should be done outside or under an adequate fume hood. Also acquired was a stick for probing/stirring and a pair of forceps for general flesh removal after cooking.

3.) As cooking times for dead bird heads are not to be found on the internets, I boiled the head for about 20 minutes, checking the apparatus periodically. I also added a few drops of dish soap for no discernable reason.

4.) Peel off all of that pesky flesh! Brains are really hard to get out, so one might consider tackling them before the boiling process.  A few minutes in an ultrasonic bath will remove any tiny bits of ick that you may miss.

5.) Fantastic! You now have a wonderfully clean skull.  Mount it, wear it, sell it, the possibilities are endless!