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Cavity Mounts For Safe Storage & Handling Amy Davidson American Museum of Natural History.

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1 Cavity Mounts For Safe Storage & Handling Amy Davidson American Museum of Natural History

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3 cavity mount

4 thumbnail reference photos matrix “handle”

5 access for fingers to pick up archival labelthumbnail photos correct depth

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13 crushing and rubbing to soften smooth side up

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18 inserting a label mylar film sleeve

19 Examples of other cavity mounts

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21 paper labels ink label

22 cut battingTyvek

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25 trace cut top cut side

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31 acknowlegements Many thanks to Fred Mullison of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences who in 1995 showed me his beautiful cavity mounts created for their historic Thomas Jefferson Mastodon, which were a revelation and an inspiration. Thanks also to Lisa Kronthal Elkin, Director of Conservation, Natural Science Collections, AMNH for reviewing my cavity mount designs, suggesting the thumbnail photos and for sharing designs and techniques she developed to create cavity mounts to house the AMNH wasp nest collection. Thanks to my colleague Carl Mehling for sharing his creativity and techniques.


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