An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection

Book - 2012
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Explores human and animal skulls, covering component parts, species-specific features, and skulls in art, and featuring more than three hundred specimens.
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9781579129125
Branch Call Number: 573.76 WIN 2012
Characteristics: 255 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Mann, Nick
Dudley, Alan 1957-


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Jan 29, 2018

I found this to be a fascinating book; there is relatively little writing in it, but the text portions are informative and enjoyable. The images are of various sizes and each specimen has its own paragraph. I should wish to look into again.

Feb 17, 2016

Lovers of skull and of detail, rejoice. You will love this beautifully photographed book.

I would have liked more details to read, especially when it came to birds and reptiles. But still a great book and an awesome collection.

Jun 01, 2013

Another Dickensian masterpice by Simon Winchester....

abkeller Feb 23, 2013

In our bodies, the framework for muscles, tendons and ligaments is the skeleton, topped by a skull, a face as unique as each creature itself. Whether it be a reptile, primate, eel, catfish, frog, newt or penguin, the skull houses the central processing unit, the brain. This powers each animal, bird or snake. Teeth highlight the jaw and in some, a prominent brow ridge or horns crown the whole in magnificent glory.
Alan Dudley was fascinated by skulls. At an early age, he found the body of a dead fox and brought it home to inspect it in greater detail. However, prepping the skull for collection proved to be a bit of a trial. Maggots, which feasted on the flesh of the carcass, were often a little overzealous, leading to damage of fine bone. The alternative was to soak each skull in water for a very, very long period of time, allowing the natural bacteria to run their course. This avenue proved to be extremely smelly, but very effective and at last, Dudley’s collection began to grow in earnest.
Unfortunately, Dudley’s zeal for collecting led him to obtain the skulls of a few endangered species, which ultimately progressed to his arrest. Nevertheless, Dudley’s collection remains one of the most detailed accounts of fauna on the planet.
Kudos to Nick Mann’s numerous photographs, too. These illustrate with brilliant clarity the extensive variations in each skull, often from multiple angles. This book is essential for zoologists and students of biology. It is also a stunning, unique gift and a perfect accent for your coffee table.


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