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Skeleton preservation project begins in London

The skeleton of a wombat at the The Grant Museum of Zoology.
The skeleton of a wombat at the The Grant Museum of Zoology. Image by David Holt / CC BY-SA 2.0

A London museum has launched a preservation project to maintain 39 rare skeletons. The Grant Museum of Zoology contains arguably the rarest skeleton in the world, a quagga. The zebra-like animal became extinct in the nineteenth century. The collection also includes a gorilla, a Siamese crocodile, a Javan rhino and a Ganges river dolphin. The museum is seeking funds for the project, which will see the skeletons cleaned, repaired and remounted. Where possible the work will be undertaken in the museum’s gallery, to enable the public to look on. Read more: Londonist.com