Wow! So many possible uses for those bugs come to mind...and it's so close
to Halloween... ;-)
--On Friday, October 24, 2008 11:55 AM -0700 "Judith L. Williams"
> Hi Ian and all histonetters-
> The bugs are called Dermestid beetles. Most Museums use them. Once the
> colony you have is going - the can demeat any bone in 24hrs just about!
> they are clean, neat and do not smell. You can order them from Carolina
> Biological supply in North carolina, USA. probably other places too. If
> you know anyone in the museum antropology department, they may have some.
> On Fri, 24 Oct 2008, kbowden wrote:
>> One of the departments (body donations) here uses bugs to clean soft
>> tissue off of bones. I thinks it takes about a week or so. You might
>> look into the type of bugs you have in your region for that purpose.
>> Karen Bowden
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>> Ian Montgomery wrote:
>>> I have some bones, from various species, that I want to
>>> clean of muscle, tendons, etc, etc. The method currently
>>> used is boiling the bones in water for several hours, days until they
>>> are completely clean. Problem, it's a wee bit smelly, in fact a big bit
>>> smelly. Me being a delicate soul more used to various exotic eau de
>>> parfum wonder if there is another technique available. Some species
>>> respond to soaking for several weeks in laboratory detergent while
>>> others don't. NaOH or KOH, again some do others don't. What I would
>>> ideally like is a universal method that's reasonably quick, but not
>>> smelly, can anyone help.
>>> Ian. Dr. Ian Montgomery,
>>> I.B.L.S. Support Unit,
>>> Thomson Building,
>>> University of Glasgow,
>>> G12 8QQ.
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