Diaphonized snake specimen. When a specimen in diaphonized, it is reduced to its skeletal frame and stained for added bone visibility. It is ideal for scientific or student study of the bone structure of various animals.
Photo credit: Igor Munhoz
I want a shelf full of these.
(Source: malformalady, via lunarbahamut)
You have no idea how much I want one of these. Or a few.
New World Transparent Specimens by Lori Tomita. To produce the specimens… Tomita first removes the scales and skin of fish that have been preserved in formaldehyde. Next he soaks the creatures in a stain that dyes the cartilage blue. Tomita uses a digestive enzyme called trypsin, along with a host of other chemicals, to break down the proteins and muscles, halting the process just at the moment they become transparent but before they lose their form. The bones are then stained with red dye, and the brilliant beast is preserved in a jar of glycerin.