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New Natural History Web Site

J. Coire Angus jangus at alnitak.usc.edu
Tue Apr 4 17:14:32 EST 1995

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County invites you to visit its
new WWW site.  The site features information about the museum, virtual
exhibitions and links to hundreds of other museums around the world.  

Be sure to visit the newly opened virtual gallery "Schreber's Fantastic
Beasts".  In 1774 Johann Christian Dan Schreber authored a multivolume set

of books entitled 'Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit
Beschreibungen'. Focusing on mammals of the world, these books were 
lavishly illustrated with 755 hand-colored plates. There was a slight 
problem though: in most instances the artists had never seen the animals 
they were rendering onto paper. Explorers would return from their 
travels and describe the animals in question to the artists. The end 
result was that some of the drawings, though representing real animals,
looked more like they had come from someone's nightmares.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


Jim Angus-web manager

Jim Angus
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Molecular Systematics Laboratory

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