Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species


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"Nature's Mirror is a history of the taxidermists, including William Hornaday, Carl Akeley, and many lesser known, who created and filled the science museums, zoos, and aquaria of the twentieth century. The care with which they studied wildlife in the field not only led to new methods in taxidermy but also provided data for scientists and contributed directly to growing public awareness of how careless human interaction with the natural world was having devastating effects. They came to regard themselves as museum men, ...

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