Ah! Last week was so busy I didn’t get the chance to update the blog. We welcomed a new member of the family into our home, a smooth collie named Eli we adopted from the local shelter. I was also out of town in Tennessee for four days without a computer, which kind of precludes writing on here.
Isn’t he cute?
Anyway, the other half and I treated my mother and sister to a trip to the Museum of Osteology while we were out of class, which is a private museum that exhibits the collection of Skulls Unlimited, Inc. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve a) been to this most awesome little museum, or b) seen it on Dirty Jobs.
I really do wish that this museum had been open when I was going through anatomy, because I could have used the intuitive organization of the skeletons and the great explanation of bones and their components when I was stumbling through the class.
The museum is a giant warehouse that has two floors situated around a central space that contains some huge skeletons, including an elephant, a giraffe, and several whale species.
For those interested in extinct species, they also have specimens such as this Irish elk:
The museum is extremely well organized based on taxa of animals (the manatee skeletons are with the dugongs, and the equids are all grouped together separate from the rodents). They are also surprisingly very kid-friendly, with an activity area where you can try to identify the skulls of several common animals. They even have the owner’s original skull (a dog) and the elementary school trophy for the science project he did with it.
They’ve even got a wall of what the skulls of the different dog breeds look like, as well as what things like tooth abscesses, sinus infections, and congenital problems look like in dogs and cats. It’s pretty illuminating. For instance, who knows what this breed is?
If you guessed the English bulldog, you are correct. Cute, isn’t he?
The star of my show, however, was the full komodo dragon skeleton on display.
I’m sure you can’t tell I like reptiles… But even if you don’t like reptiles, there is plenty here to entertain. As an example, here is a raccoon posed as in real life:
For the people still here from the Audubon Society, if you’re traveling through Oklahoma City, they also have birds! Lots of them, even.
Even if you have questions that aren’t answered by the exhibits (we had a lot, but we’re self-professed nerds), we didn’t talk to a single staff member who couldn’t answer every single one of our questions. They are very friendly, very knowledgeable, and, more importantly, love what they do (well, except maybe certain bits of it).
It’s not hard for me to really like a museum, but this one is definitely a place to see, and I will definitely be returning. After all, who can’t love somewhere that has so many bat skeletons?