Undiscovered gems of the Cambridge Science Festival… the Duckworth Collection at the LCHES.

18,050* people were at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies last month. *This figure is an estimate. But I guess that 50 alive people came to visit some of the 18,000 human remains of the Duckworth Collection, kept at the LCHES. Of course, because of the peculiar sensitivities of the British, most of the human remains weren’t (and aren’t ever) on display. But there were an impressive mass of human and hominid skull casts in the main reception room; the best I have ever seen in the UK, and even the Oklahoma Museum of Osteology’s wall of hominids to shame. The arrangements aren’t normally laid out for public viewing, so it wasn’t obvious what I was looking at. But since the cas

The Fairfax Fozzard font of knowledge

A long overdue update on the magic lantern slides that I acquired at auction, originally from the marvellous J. A. Fairfax Fozzard, the previous Cambridge University professor of Anatomy. I have previously written about his studies of how a chicken lays an egg, and pictures of incubating some weird alien parasite (or possibly just puppies). Now I have finally put the whole set of medical slides online. Unfortunately, I can't label them, as in most cases the slides aren't labelled, and so it would just be my best guess. There are certainly images of human X-rays, showing legs, skulls, arms, chest (with lung blood supply I think), babies, baboons (I think) and some tortuous looking antiquated