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whale mount has been designed to travel and can be disassembled
into seven sections. The skeleton can be displayed at
eye level on the ground or by hanging. The ground level
mount has a sectional steel tubular frame with removable
stand supports. There are four supports for the body,
two for the head and one for each paddle. The stands and
the sections of the whale are connected to an internal
steel armature by a key-way system that allows for easy
assembly and disassembly.
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Thank you for allowing me to examine for appraisal,
the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) skeleton housed
at the Niagara Falls Museum.[FULL ARTICLE]
Maxilla & Mandible Report
specimen qualifies as a bone fide antique of historical importance, and may be one of the
oldest known large whale skeleton still on exhibition
in North America.The key value in this specimen
lies in the quality of its state of preservation.
This cannot be duplicated easily today.
Most museum skeleton mounts of this size and
quality were done during the whaling period, when rendering
plants existed and fresh specimens were available. Thus, the value of this specimen can be judged
against its replacement in today's labor market and
not by past sales of similar items, which in any case
do not exist - at least not in the last 25 years since
laws were enacted to protect endangered wildlife.
Profile of Edward Drinker Cope
Drinker Cope was perhaps the brashest, most creative,
and quixotic paleontologist of the 19th Century.
The author of "Cope's Law" - stating that over time species
tend to become larger - and of the Triassic class Archosauria,
he was a brilliant taxonomist and evolutionary theoretician.
But he did not simply inhabit the ivory tower. In expeditions
across the sprawling and sometimes violent American West,
Cope discovered the dinosaurs Camarasaurus and Coelophysis
and proved himself a consummate fossil hunter. Between
his theoretical writing and fieldwork Cope was one of
the most prolific researchers ever.
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