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More pictures from the Museum:

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We found a Coturnix:

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Enormous insects:

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Linnaeus, Ernst Mayr and Charles Darwin:

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  1. #1 HP
    May 4, 2008

    What’s that impossible-looking thing? The one that looks like an insect with four compound eyes on a giant stalk coming out of its head?

  2. #2 Coturnix
    May 4, 2008

    It’s some species of cicada. I guess entomological readers can pitch in an help with the exact Latin name.

  3. #3 bill
    May 4, 2008

    The body looks like a cicada; the head looks vaguely familiar but maybe that was just a nightmare I had sometime.

    The people to ask are here.

  4. #4 themadlolscientist
    May 5, 2008

    So……… a flash of enlightenment?

    And that cicada, or whatever it is, looks like an alien invader from a 50s monster/sci fi movie. Cool!

  5. #5 Juuro
    May 5, 2008

    One thing that has stuck in my mind that I learned in this museum: aardvark is an ungulate. A lovely phrase.

  6. #6 Juuro
    May 5, 2008

    Ah, found it. I had snapped a picture of both the exhibit label as well as the wax effigy. That alien invader cicada was named Bocydium globulare. The function of the globes was said to be unknown; in an adult they are hollow.

  7. #7 Bjoern brembs
    May 5, 2008

    This is currently one of the best museums I know in Berlin! Good for you to have had a chance to see it while you were here.

  8. #8 Christopher Waldrop
    May 8, 2008

    I love the pictures of the aardvark. They’re such funny animals to me. I know they’re anteaters and not related to either pigs or rabbits, but it’s as though nature said, “Let’s make a pig with rabbit ears…and a big long tail!”

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