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What is considered a specimen?
The term ‘specimen’ is quite broad. It’s an individual insect, animal skeleton, piece of a mineral, etc., used as an example of its species or type for display or scientific study. Here at ‘Oddities For Sale’ we do not sell any species that are listed on the U.S. Federal Endangered Species List.
How are specimens preserved?
There are many different ways to preserve specimens, depending on what type it is. The goal of preservation is the keep whatever it is, as close to its original state as possible. It’s common to find preserved Insects in Resin. Smaller mammals can be kept in a preservative liquid such as formaldehyde, where taxidermy is typical for larger mammals. Some specimens such as crystals, minerals, or animal skulls and bones may not need further treatment in order to keep them in excellent condition.
How should I care for my specimens?
No matter what the type, it is always best to keep them stored in a cool dry location that is well ventilated. The reason for this is that extreme temperatures (or extreme changes) cause items to expand or contract. It’s also a good idea to keep them out of direct sunlight. Sunlight can fade colors and cause animal bones to become dry and brittle.