This is a picture of a collection of artifacts I have in my house. The collection is often a surprise to most visitors, but give who we generally hang out with, it ends up being a fascinating conversation piece. Not only does our collection offer a glimpse at our inner geekyness to visitors, but they are often used as educational tools for the various classes and fairs that we teach. Most of these items were gotten from the various institutions that me and my husband have worked at or volunteered for over the years. Often, when departments have to move their collections, things get stuck in a cardboard box in the back halls with a sign saying "free, take me home!".
Some of my favorite pieces are:
- A 60 million year old sperm whale fossil tooth bought from the Bone Room (a super awesome place), the elongate, black fossil in the front center right.
- A paper nautilus 'shell', in the open box in front of the true nautilus shell.
- A copy of an archaeopteryx skull, in the clear black bottomed box in the center.
- A fossil of an open brachiopod, showing the fossilized internal structures (mainly the brachidium, which supports the lophophore)
It's a good thing my spouse and I both like biology!