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These psychedelic animal specimens are unlike anything you've ever seen

These psychedelic animal specimens are unlike anything you've ever seen
These staining techniques are actually pretty commonplace! The first time I saw them was when I worked in a museum with an extensive fish collection, including quite a number of specimens stained in this manner. They really are incredibly cool to look at closely in person, if you ever have the chance to. These, however, I imagine are prepared with greater attention to aesthetic perfection than those I poked around with at the museum.

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