Not During Lunch: Animals With No Skin Museum Exhibit

April 6, 2012


Well, if it's really what's inside that counts, I guess we're counting disgusting.

This is a series of photos from the recently opened 'Animals Inside Out' exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London. It features a number of animals that have been plastinated and NOT plasternated, which is what I'm gonna be tonight after like 200 cocktails. You know how all the booze ads encourage you to 'drink responsibly'? I take cabs everywhere and that is ALL THE RESPONSIBILITY I CAN HANDLE (I need to call around to all the bars today and see if anybody found a wallet).

As in the human version, the exhibit relies on the plastination process, invented by von Hagens, in which body fluids are replaced by a hard polymer.

Exhibit developers say such a detailed look at animal anatomy is crucial to discovering more about the evolution of animals and the natural world. In Body Worlds, in which human corpses pose as if alive, von Hagens had suggested the exhibit would help people embrace death. By contrast, the new animals exhibit may be more about life, if not past life.

"A detailed look at animal anatomy is crucial to discovering more about the evolution of animals"? I mean sure, if you're an evolutionary biologist. To everyone else that visits the exhibit it's just more of a spectacle. But who I am to judge? I took the frog I dissected in high school home with me and buried him in the back yard. My dog dug him up and tore his legs off. The next morning I told my mom I was sick so I wouldn't have to go to school the next day then stayed in bed all day crying. A frog with no legs, man. Nobody deserves to see that.

Hit the jump for a gallery of the it probably would have been easier to just make them swing over the bar on the swing set.







Exhibit displays animals from the inside out
Take an Anatomical Safari: Photos of Inside-Out Animals [livescience]

Thanks to cofe, Mayday and Bridgette, who like their animals who they like their pudding: with the skin on.

  • Scarlett Sakurai

    I'm suprised Gunther Von Hagens wasn't mentioned in this article, seeing as all the images are his own work

  • Xaghce

    holy amazing awesome. Y else would you go to London other than to visit their museums! certainly not for the food!!

  • disqus_eric

    Mmmmm, tasty!

  • the cow and elk look damn tastey...  now it got me thinking...  wonder what giraffe tastes like?

  • The real question is: Will it blend?!

  • Is it weird that this makes me hungry? :P

  • Is it wrong that these photos turn me on slightly?

  • Anthony Doster

    Not even a little

  • This_Update_Sucks


  • Apsi Witana

    That cow looks damn delicious.

  • Brandon

    PETA's gonna be pissed!

  • DomPearceDesign

     Good job they have little-to-no sway in the UK, really. Plus, these are presumably from the museum's extensive collection* of items relating to zoological science, so have probably been studied before being put on public display, so it's not like they've just gone out and skinned an animal for shits and giggles.

    *And when I say Extensive, man do I mean it. In my home town they had the museum's taxidermy archives, two moderately sized buildings full of dead stuffed animals collected over the last 200 years, including a recreated Dodo and several now extinct things. Was quite strange.

  • QZ

    *pukes lunch everywhere*

  • Frédéric Purenne


  • That shark looks unhappy. . .

  • I don't think I've ever met a happy shark... Then again I've never met one.

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