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Before and After Gallery

Gallery of Preparatory Work

Before and after photographs of specimens prepared for the JESBI project.


Click on a specimen number to see work undertaken by our preparator Lorie Barber. Lorie is a skilled technician who uses specialised tools to extract fossils from the surrounding rock.

 

 

Did you know...

(Plant) food for thought.

We have more than 8500 herbarium sheets, some with more than one specimen on.

Curatorial Curiosities

Coco-de-Mer (<i>Lodoicea maldivica</i>)

Seedy humour:The fruit of the Coco-de-Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) contains the largest seed known. 40–50 cm in diameter and weighing 15–30 kg, the fruit requires 6–7 years to mature. The shape of the seed has been said to be suggestive of parts of human anatomy. Coincidentally, the inflorescence of the palm is rather phallic.