Friday, August 31, 2007

Museum Guards

For those who've never wandered inside the Museum Building in Trinity College, Dublin, here's a glimpse of one of the guardians inside the door:

Megalocerus Giganteus (aka the Giant Irish Deer) was the largest deer that ever lived - about seven feet high at the shoulder, then add on head, neck and ginormous antlers. They roamed through the Irish forests about eleven thousand years ago.

There's a Mrs Megalocerus too, who stands opposite him -- she's the same except for the antlers.

Now, I'm not a huge Natural History Museum/displays-of-dead-animals/recreations-of-scenes-with-taxidermied-corpses type of person. That said, I adore these skeletons. I drop in to see them whenever I can :)

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