by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is a natural opossum mummy. It was provided to the VCL by young scholar Lowell Nugent, as detailed here. The naturally mummified opossum at first glance resembles a rat, but Digital Curation Supervisor Ashley McCuistion and Digital Zooarchaeologist Mariana Zechini tentatively identified it as a juvenile opossum. This identification was confirmed on March 19, 2014, by the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Curator of Archaeology Dr. Elizabeth Moore. This color animation was created under the direction of Senior Digital Technician Allen Huber.