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Cary ‘Coon Construction Continues

August 3, 2013
Raccoon skeleton from the Museum's research collection

Raccoon skeleton from the Museum’s research collection

Our summer interns have been finishing up their projects so we have several new activities in the Naturalist Center.  One activity illustrates the differences between butterflies and moths while another contrasts the venomous versus nonvenomous snakes of North Carolina.  Construction of the raccoon skeleton continues and our intern Tess updates her progress below.  In order to help her identify all the bones, we borrowed a complete, reassembled raccoon skeleton from the Museum’s extensive research collection of specimens.  This demonstrates one important way the research collection can be used by scientists—skeletal remains such as bones or teeth can be accurately identified through comparison with specimens from the collection.

An update from Naturalist Center Intern Tess Allen:

7/30 — Today I worked on putting a frame on the piece of board my skeleton will be lying on, then I arranged the final skeleton on the board. The final process will be gluing the bones to the board using industrial strength glue.  The skeleton will be displayed on the board in the Naturalist Center along with pictures of the skeleton where it was found, along with interesting information about raccoons. Stay tuned, because the skeleton will be out in the Naturalist Center shortly, along with a final blog posting!

Creating the raccoon skeleton display

Creating the raccoon skeleton display

4 Comments leave one →
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    August 3, 2013 5:32 pm

    I love the Raccoon, can’t wait to see it all done

    • August 12, 2013 8:18 am

      Thanks! The raccoon skeleton project is complete and there will be one more blog about it soon.

  2. judy allen permalink
    August 10, 2013 5:29 pm

    The raccoon project looks awesome. Couldn’t believe how many bones were recovered from the site.Learned a lot of information that I didn’t know and hopefully other people will benefit from this educational project as well. Too bad the sex could not be determined, but all in all a perfect construction for learning purposes.

  3. August 12, 2013 8:21 am

    Our intern, Tess, finished up the skeleton last week and it’s now on display in the Naturalist Center. There will be one more blog about it soon. Tess did a fabulous job on her project!

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