A human skull being eaten clean by dermestid beetles. These beetles feed on dry animal or plant material, including skin, animal hair, and dead insects. They are often used to clean skeletons and bones.
Gymnotidae, freshwater fish of tropical America. Proceedings of the Washington Academy of Sciences. 1905.
To identify a Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), most ornithologists and birdwatchers would use the white wing bars, or small stripes, barely visible unless the bird is in flight. Other hawfinches are instead looking at the blue wingtips seen in the lower photo.
The modified primary feathers may work as visual signalling clues for Hawfinches, much like a European aristocratic lady’s fan may once have been used to signal to suitors. In this case, more indented feathers signals that a female bird is an adult, and possibly able to breed.
Photo credit: Ash Boudrie
Professor Virchow in his laboratory, Le Monde Moderne, 1895
Mmmm, nothing beats the smell of some good old Maceration Soup on a hot summer day!
The Cramps – The Way I Walk (1983)
Jack Scott Cover
from: “Off the Bone” LP
Produced by Alex Chilton