Memento Mori, babies.

Happy Friday!  Go pour yourself a cool draught of something and check this out:babyskeletons

Via Janice Liedl and Erica Hazel on Twitter, we learn of Anatomia, 1522-1867:  Anatomical Plates from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.  The image above is from Spicilegium Anatomicum by Theodor Kerckring (1640-1693).  And now my good intentions for this afternoon have been shot all to hell, because I’ll probably dink around on the World Wide Timewasting Web looking for crazy things like these little dudes.babyskeletondetail

Is it just me, or does this little guy look just like Beavis of Beavis and Butt-Head?

(Just sayin’).beavis

3 thoughts on “Memento Mori, babies.

  1. People who read this post also read the story in the _New York Times_ today about the excruciating piecing together by a team of paleontologists over the last few years of the skeleton of “Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus,” the only known swimming dinosaur, from the Moroccan desert, dating from about 95 million years ago.


  2. Maybe because I just spent time reading Sandy Bardsley’s article on missing women in medieval England, I kept trying to figure out who was being buried and what this burial position meant!


  3. I’m so glad that you had fun with that link!

    The Fisher is my second-favourite rare book library in Toronto (I hold a sentimental preference for the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies’ small but wonderful collection of early modern books). The Fisher’s got great books, a drop-dead gorgeous facility and really smart people who curate these exhibits. Aren’t we lucky to live in this internet age with all the treats that abound?


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