Science: Do-lt-Yourself Taxidermy

"It's getting harder and harder to find a good taxidermist these days," says John Anglim, chief of exhibits at Washington's Smithsonian Institution. "Young people just don't go into this field any more." For the Smithsonian—which normally employs six taxidermists—and for other U.S. museums there is good news: an inexpensive, do-it-yourself process that may make the taxidermist's knife and needle as obso lete as a black snake's cast-off skin.

Responsible for the method is Dr. Harold T. Meryman of the Naval Medical Research Institute at Bethesda, Md., who stumbled onto the new-type taxidermy after a peanut butter-baited mousetrap at his home snared...

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