Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Moldy monkeys, brain removal and the best orgy on campus: A fantastic tour of UM's Zoological Museum

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

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I first heard about the University of Montana's Zoological Museum from an article by Chad Dundas in the alumni magazine last fall. It's worth a read. But since that article published, the museum has gone high-tech in showing off its vast—and quirky—collection of dead animals.

Emily Graslie, the museum's volunteer curatorial assistant, put together a video tour. Scientific America calls it "hilarious" and they're dead-on (pardon the pun). It starts simple enough, but gradually allows Graslie to revel in her own enthusiasm for the facility and many of its odd nooks. She shows off the cold room and casually mentions an incident with moldy monkeys. She shows off the sink where brains are removed. She explains how a tank of flesh-eating beetles take part in the biggest sex orgy on campus. She shows off her favorite room filled with hundreds of birds — and a one-eared rabbit, and a raccoon she just found behind some cabinets and ... You know, just watch it. It's worth five minutes of your time.

Also, subscribe to her "Brain Scoop" channel. She's going to make more of these videos.

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