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"Le mur des squelettes" (the wall of skeletons) and the man who did them

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Jean-Christophe, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. I don't know if something similar was posted already.
    I'm sure most of the people interested in bones and skeletons know the book "Evolution". Most of the skeleton pictured in this book are exposed in the Museum de Toulouse and few are in the Natural History Museum in Paris.
    Here is a link to see this "Wall of Skeletons" :
    http://museumv1.toulouse.fr/IMG/bornes/murdessquelettes/
    Christian Cornette is the osteologist how did these 75 skeletons. He re-cleaned and re-assembled old skeletal mounts into dynamic pose. Here you can see him working on some of these skeletons.
    http://www.nicolas-lenartowski.com/fr/photo-4035-253.html

    Hope you'll like it. :)
     
  2. Wouter

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    Very nice links, thank you for sharing. Did you ever meet Mr Cornette?

    Wouter
     

  3. Yes ! :D I met him few years ago and saw his workshop, it was quite impressing. He gave me a couple advises and specimens to work on, including the mole I just finished. He told me he was the last person in France who received a professional formation on skeletal work. He have the knowledge of the preparators how did the mounts in the large European Museums such like the MNHN of Paris and the British Museum 100 or 200 years ago when scientists were bringing tons of animals from everywhere. So he did full wired articulations on medium to very large animal without any glue needed and can do a ligament mount by hand cleaning on about anything. He did things like the running cheetah skeleton before young Museum like the Museum of osteology (that I'd like to visit also).
     
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

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    Amazing amount of work there as well as time invested. A true devotee. Thanks for the links.
     
  5. Vkvz

    Vkvz New Member

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    Thanks for this really nice post Jean-Christophe!
    I remember first seeing this display when the museum opened again a few years ago. I think it was before I had articulated anything actually. It was fantastic to look at them.
    Actually he trained the osteologist now working for the museum. I know a couple of people from the staff, so next time I'm in Toulouse I'm definitely paying him a visit.
    The 2nd link is really cool as well, it is always nice to have a look at his workshop.
     
  6. ShamanCoyote

    ShamanCoyote New Member

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    wow, i need to plan a trip one day to see this. i love bones and skulls, it's really amazing to see how something so complex once lived and moved. fascinating.
     
  7. viktor

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    The absolute master
     
  8. Thanks for the positive feedback ;)
    Vkvz I knew he trained a guy for the museum, yes.
    I forgot to say that Cornette also do Beauchêne alligator/crocodile skull, Beauchêne turtle skeleton and even Beauchêne fish full skeleton. 8)

    I just learn that the Museum of natural history in Paris has in total 65 000 000 specimens (skeletons, taxidermy, insects, wet specimens, living zoo animals, plants, minerals, fossils) including 75 000 skeletons but only 4000 are showed in the gallery. :p