Science in the Cafe 22 Feb – Taxidermy

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Science Centre Singapore
cordially invites you
Science in the Café
22, February 2013 at 7:00pm
The Newton Room
Science Centre Singapore
Mr Ken Mar
who will answer the question:
Please see below for more information.
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From early Egyptians to current taxidermists, people have been preserving biological specimens for various reasons. Egyptian mummies usually have the organs and bones left inside the preserved bodies, while modern taxidermy specimens normally retained only the chemically treated skins.

 Indeed the word taxidermy literally means “move skin”. Any taxidermist worth his/her salt must have artistic inclinations and ample knowledge of science and technology. Taxidermists must restore any loss of colour from specimens during the preserving process and must have intimate knowledge of the specimen’s anatomy to realistically present the specimens in its normal poses. Taxidermists must also know what chemicals to use to transform the specimens’ skins into durable leather.

 Modern technological advancements have provided taxidermists with other techniques to preserve specimens too. Plastination is just one example. There are many more. Modern taxidermists are no longer limited to producing only still specimens. A robotics-aware taxidermist should be able to make mobile preserved specimens without great difficulties.

 Thus, is taxidermy an art or a science? It is a profession that requires a lot of science and plenty of art.
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Mr Ken Mar
… has worked as a taxidermist for over 18 years in New Zealand and Singapore. He is also trained in tanning fish, reptile, bird and animal skins for rugs and taxidermy purposes. He is also a member of the New Zealand Taxidermy Association and the National Taxidermy Association (USA).

 He has a BEng (Hons) and Cert in Programming.
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