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By Gordon Grice

Precisely the publication for each younger explorer who loves discovering stuff in nature and bringing it domestic. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated advent to the wonders of usual historical past and the thrill of being an beginner scientist and collector.

Nature author Gordon Grice, who begun his first cupboard of curiosities at age six while he came across a skunk’s cranium, explains how scientists classify all residing issues in the course of the Linnaeus procedure; tips to inform actual gold from fool’s gold; the best way to look after butterflies, crab shells, feathers, a robin’s egg, spider specimens, and honeycombs; the way to establish seashells; the variation among antlers and horns; the best way to learn animal tracks. after which, what to do together with your specimens, together with find out how to construct a cupboard of curiosities out of universal loved ones items, like a table organizer or a field for fishing tackle.

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An exception is the reindeer, or caribou (Rangifer tarandus). Both male and female reindeer have antlers. Antlers can be different shapes, depending on the species. For example, a moose (Alces alces) has “palmate” antlers, which means each of its antlers looks like a hand, with a flat part and WHITE-TAILED DEER SHED THEIR ANTLERS IN THE FALL AND EARLY WINTER. ELK RETAIN THEIR ANTLERS THROUGH MARCH. BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU COLLECT ANTLERS FROM. IT IS ILLEGAL TO COLLECT ANTLERS IN NATIONAL PARKS, FOR INSTANCE, BECAUSE SHED ANTLERS ARE CONSIDERED PART OF A PARK'S ECOSYSTEM.

44• TYPES OF ANTLERS AND HORNS Antlers and horns are sometimes used interchangeably, but they’re actually very different features on animal skulls. The antlers of the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) look like tree branches. Bull (Bos taurus) horns can vary greatly in shape, dependent on species. The antlers of a moose (Alces alces) are flat and look like hands. Gaur (Bos gaurus) horns tend to be flat at the base and bend inward and slightly backward at their tips. The antlers of the elk (Cervus canadensis) branch out like those of the white-tailed deer and reindeer, but they are not covered in velvet.

There’s nothing left of its ears to let you know what powerful instruments they were. A cow can hear sounds too deep and too high for human ears. The nose is another matter. Even though the fleshy end is gone, the skull will still reveal the long snout. The large size of the snout is a hint that the cow also had a good sense of smell. Cattle can sometimes detect predators miles away just by scent. Then there are the eyes. Their sockets are placed on the sides of the head so that the cow can see in almost every direction at once.

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