This cleaning-bones discussion keeps getting better and better! What an
excellent topic for this Halloween week!
--On Monday, October 27, 2008 10:19 AM +1100 "Farish, Craig"
> Hi Ian,
> Dermestid beetles are definitely the least smelly option
> (although they are not perfect). You'll find that there will usually be
> a residual smell in the short term. They can, however, damage small or
> delicate bones and the best way to deal with these is by bacterial
> maceration. This smells beyond belief. The anatomy dept here uses flow
> hoods but you can still smell it from the other side of the building.
> I've read about people putting them in tubs and leaving them outside(a
> very long way away) but that's probably not an option in the West End of
> Glasgow. When they are done, do not use bleach to whiten the bones as
> that makes them brittle - use dilute hydrogen peroxide (around 3 - 5%).
> It's worth trying some of the taxidermy forums as well - taxidermy.net
> is a good place to start.
> Have fun, Craig
> Craig (Joe) Farish
> Senior Technical Officer
> Veterinary Diagnostics
> School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
> Charles Sturt University
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