One of my favorite activities is learning more about the collection. On more than one occasion I would encounter something and say to myself, What IS that? And I would go to the documentation we have to find out, and sometimes onto Wikipedia and the internet to confirm what the documentation said.
In honor of discovery and learning, I'm going to post pictures each Friday (that's the plan for now, in any case!) of some object that I had to do some work to understand. I'm not going to tell you what it is, not right now. You'll have to wait until Monday to find out the answer. But in the meantime, I encourage you to make your guesses in the comments.
I ran across the object below while I was transferring some of our written information into our database. It's a natural history object, relatively heavy for its size, and hard. Whatzit?
I should let you all know that these are not official museum quality photos - these are some quick snapshots.
Okay, go to it!