"roadkill" preparation query (FWD)

Doug Yanega dyanega at DENR1.IGIS.UIUC.EDU
Thu Dec 14 17:20:54 CST 1995

I came across this in a newsgroup where the poster is unlikely to get a
response, while Taxacom makes much more sense. DO NOT REPLY TO ME, but
rather to "KauffmanJ at aol.com". Especially as I will be off-line for roughly
a month starting in a matter of hours. Enjoy the holidays, all!

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> Subject: maceration techniques?
> Date: 12 Dec 1995 23:29:37 -0500
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> My daughter and I occasionally find dead birds and rodents (usually road
> kill).  We would like to prepare the skulls for study.  We are aware of
> two techniques, but don't know the specifics.  The first is boiling, the
> second is consumption of the soft tissue by some species of beetle or fly
> larvae.  I also understand that following this bones can be bleached with
> a chlorine or hypochlorate solution.  Perhaps after that it is advisable
> to coat the specimen with lacquer or other coating?
> Does anyone have details? Thanks
> Please Email as I do not visit often enough
> KauffmanJ at aol.com

Doug Yanega       Illinois Natural History Survey, 607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820 USA      phone (217) 244-6817, fax (217) 333-4949
 affiliate, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Entomology
  "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
        is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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