MAY 6, 2016 – JANUARY 6, 2017
Location: Lobby Gallery
Skeletons in the Closet: Exploring Skeletal Anatomy presents the massive collection of animal skeletons collected and prepared by former director Gabriel E. Manigualt. Gabriel E. Manigault became curator of The Charleston Museum in 1873 while it was still a part of the College of Charleston. Before and during his time as Curator of the Museum, he collected and mounted skeletons of animals from all over the globe.
In the various biological fields, such as zoology or paleontology, scientists look for similar characteristics in an animal’s body shape, or morphology, to better understand the relationships between different animal groups.As technology has progressed, scientists are now able to integrate genetic information into their studies, yet developmental changes seen in bones are still an excellent way to understand the relationships between the different regions of the animal kingdom.With the numerous specimens collected by Gabriel E. Manigault, this exhibit will explore the similar bone structures shared between different fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
The Charleston Museum has many more impressive animals from around the world exhibited in the Museum’s Early Days Gallery. Collected and preserved by Gabriel Manigault, skeletons on display include a giraffe, elk, and cassowary.
LOCATION: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston.
(Photo Credit: The Charleston Museum website)
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