Virginia Museum of Natural History

Animated Object of Today: Clay Aztec Stamp Creates Bird Impression

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today ‘s animation is a clay Aztec stamp in the collections of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH). It was scanned while on loan from VMNH. The stamped image is that of a bird.

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Impressions made in clay with a 3D printed version of the 3D scanned Aztec Stamp

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Animated Object of the Week: Bootherium bombifrons cranium and the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today ‘s animation is a Bootherium bombifrons cranium, from an extinct musk ox-like animal, scanned by the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory to be 3D printed by the VCU for an exhibit to open later this year at the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH).

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Animated Object of Today: Hydrocortisone Ointment Tube from Martinsville, Virginia

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today ‘s animation is a 20th century ointment tube now in the collections of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH). It was excavated at the Baldwin Block Site under the direction of VMNH Curator of Archaeology, Dr. Elizabeth Moore.  The Baldwin Block Site includes the location of the first drugstore operated in the town of Martinsville by an African American merchant.

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Animated Object of the Week: Beaver Mandible from the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today ‘s animation is a beaver mandible from the collections of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH). It was scanned on site on March 20, 2015.

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Animated Object of the Day: Cardinal Skull from the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Dr. Elizabeth Moore of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) recently took the time to speak with my Archaeological Methods and Research Design course about zooarchaeology and brought along a number of items from her extensive reference collection at the VMNH.  We took the opportunity to 3D scan this skull of a female cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), whose bones retain the orange color of the bird’s beak.

Dr. Moore talking to VCU students.

Dr. Moore talking to VCU students.

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Animated Object of the Day: Right Tibia of a Beaver from the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today ‘s animation is the right tibia of a beaver (Castor canadensis) that was scanned at the  Virginia Museum of Natural History on December 17, 2014. This animation was created by VCL Digital Curation Supervisor Lauren Volkers on December 18, 2014.

 

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Animated Object of the Day: Curator of Archaeological Collections from the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today ‘s animation is the  Curator of Archaeological Collections, Dr. Elizabeth Moore, at the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH).

 

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Animated Object of the Day: Cactus Hill Clovis Replica from the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today ‘s animation is a replica of a Clovis point from the Cactus Hill site that is from the collections of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH).

 

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Animated Object of the Day: Giant Ground Sloth Left Metacarpal from the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today ‘s animation is a cast of a giant ground sloth (Megalonyx jeffersonii) left metacarpal from the collections of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) that was found in Saltville, Virginia. This element was scanned so that it could be mirrored and then printed, since the comparable element from the opposite side of the giant ground sloth was missing. VCL Intern Hannah Lickey is leading this scanning effort and researching the giant ground sloth. Some of the research she is doing in the darker parts of the internet have turned up some strange ideas people have about this extinct mammal. Some people who feel the ground sloth is still alive, and may be mistaken by some for bigfoot, which inspired this cartoon by Hannah.

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Animated Object of the Day: Giant Ground Sloth Scaphoid from the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today ‘s animation is a cast of a giant ground sloth (Megalonyx jeffersonii) scaphoid from the collections of the  Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) that was found in Saltville, Virginia. This element was scanned so that it could be mirrored and then printed, since the comparable element from the opposite side of the giant ground sloth was missing. VCL Intern Hannah Lickey scanned the cast and created the final digital model used in this animation.

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