preserved specimens

SU Theory: The Use Of Feeling Blue? - Their Use *IS*Feeling Blue!!

I’m going to start off by saying this is going to sound absolutely insane, but please please hear me out until the end. 

That Will Be All starts things off by revealing Blue Diamond, immediately shown crying over the loss of Pink Diamond. 

Now that is one stark contrast from what we originally saw of her back in The Answer

She was hardened then, willing to shatter a gem, even if that gem saved the life of a valued member of her court. Imagine disregarding a selfless act like that? That is ice cold.

But now, she’s broken. Thousands of years later, we learn, after having a taste of her own medicine, that all she does is spend time going back and forth between the Earth and the Zoo.

She abandons her post so much that Yellow had to come check on the zoo to catch her there again, and starts to sing a song to try to make her feel better.

It’s pretty clear that Blue is content mourning Pink forever, even willing to abandon her position as leader to do it. That’s some serious regret. 

And when Yellow suggests forgetting about Pink?

Nah. That’s not happening. It’s pretty clear Blue is having serious trouble letting go of the past. She seems to desperately want a do-over.

We’ve seen this character dynamic before.

I suspect the color parallels between Greg/Pearl and Yellow/Blue Diamond in Mr. Greg and this episode are foreshadowing.

Greg is Yellow, and Pearl is Blue. Pearl was unable to let go of the past, unable to get over losing Rose. Blue Diamond can’t accept having lost Pink. Even the names of their lost loved ones is the same name in different languages, it can’t get much more in your face than that really. They even fucking color coded it for us.

Greg helped Pearl move on after having been considered an enemy by Pearl for ages. Yellow Diamond is shown consistently trying to help Blue, doing anything in her power to do so, despite Blue’s clear disdain of Yellow’s efforts. 

But that’s where the similarities end, after that we end up with some interesting contrasts:

In Mr Greg, Steven was singing them a song that reminded them they’re all family, and how they needed someone who knew what they’re going through.

But in That Will Be All?

There’s empathy in the song, sure, Yellow understands Blue’s pain, but 

She’s lying to herself. She hasn’t moved on at all. Her repeating of the question ”What’s the use of feeling?” at the end implies she curses her own emotions for being so hard to repress. That’s why she wants to destroy the planet and forget about Pink altogether. They’re not talking anything out, Yellow is trying to push Blue along. Push herself along. She grasps the railing turning away from Blue Diamond as though in shame, here she was claiming to be above it all yet the moment she lets herself remember just a bit, she deteriorates. As though it’s the first time she’s allowing herself to feel anything about Pink’s death in thousands of years.

So the difference is, Steven’s song was about getting closure, while Yellow’s is more about repressing and damning the emotions that she can’t resolve. She was just projecting onto Blue.

That’s not all though. 

Greg was able to heal part of the pain of losing Rose by raising Steven, by telling him about his mom, by re-living his memories of his dead wifu with his son. What i mean is, having his son there to share in the pain of missing Rose helped a lot. Helps both of them a lot.

And as for Pearl, whenever she needed to, she could bring up a hologram of Rose and literally re-live her PTSD memories ad nauseum to get them all out of her system. In a way, she did get her do-over. She, at the very least, got to work out how to say goodbye, so that by the time she and Greg squashed the beef, she was ready and could finally move on to Mystery Girl.

But with the Diamonds? it’s a much more tragic picture. Yellow is in denial and wants to rush through/repress her pain and destroy the things that remind her of her loss. She refuses to face it. Blue on the other hand just can’t stop facing it. Not until she gets some sort of closure like Pearl. But that’s impossible, right?

I thought so too, until I heard this line;


Hold the fuck up. Employ????? Blue wants to employ the Rose Quartz line? 


Why?!?  Welp, hold on to your butts;

Yellow Diamond sings two pertinent verses: 

“Why would you want to employ her
Subjects that destroyed her?
Why keep up her silly
Zoo? Oh, tell me
What’s the use of feeling, Blue?“


“An army has a use
They can go and fight a war
A Sapphire has a use
She can tell you what it’s for
An Agate terrifies
A Lapis terraforms“

Yellow is juxtaposing the use of the Rose Quartz gems, as well as other gems in their society, with the use of emotions. What has Steven Universe been teaching us this whole time about emotions? What can they help you do? 


What else have we seen that heals things? 


Blue claims she wants to go to Earth to preserve specimens. 

But what if she’s looking for her do-over instead? What if her regret and depression are so deep, they’ve driven her to want to go down to Earth to find Pink’s shards and have the Rose Quartz line, the entire line, cry on them? 


Whatever happens, the Rose Quartz line’s healing tears can be used to fix other huge, previously unsolvable problems:

Unsolved Paleo Mysteries Month #10 – Ambiguous Amiskwia

Amiskwia was a tiny soft-bodied creature from the Middle Cambrian, known from a fairly small number of fossils – about 18 specimens from the Burgess Shale in Canada (505 mya) and an additional one from the Maotianshan Shales in China (515 mya).

Despite only measuring about 2.5cm long (1”), it was one of the larger animals alive at the time. Its body features a head with two tentacles and a small mouth, a pair of stubby fins, and a flattened paddle-shaped tail, suggesting it was an active swimmer. Its internal anatomy has been well-preserved in some specimens, revealing a brain, gut, and traces of what may be blood vessels and a nerve cord.

But we don’t know what type of animal it is. At all.

It was initially thought to be an early arrow worm. However, fossils of Cambrian representatives of that group have since been found, and Amiskwia lacks their characteristic spines and teeth. A relationship to ribbon worms or molluscs has also been suggested, but these hypotheses have the same problems with missing key features.

So, for now, Amiskwia remains one of the “weird wonders” of the Cambrian Explosion with no obvious affinities to any other known group.


Whilst we all know that modern elephants are beautiful and remarkable creatures, few may be familiar with the order of which they are from, Proboscidea. Proboscidea not only contains the elephantids, but a whole range of diverse mammals, some reaching magnificent sizes and each one more intriguing than the last.


Deinotherium quite literally means “terrible beast” and they trawled the savannah-like Miocene landscape. Deinotheriums most striking feature is certainly its menacing downward facing tusks, a complete skull found in the nineteenth century measured at just under a metre in length, the skull also showed very deep nasal bones suggesting it had a much wider and shorter trunk than modern elephants. The reason for the unusual orientation of the tusks has been debated, perhaps they were purely for attracting mates or maybe they had a vital role in stripping tree bark to eat. Deinotherium was quite a bit larger than modern elephants standing a whopping 4 metres tall (almost as tall as a double decker bus) and weighing in at an estimate 11-14 tonnes.

Palaeoxodon namadicus 

Palaeoxodon namadicus, otherwise known as the Asian straight-tusked elephant lived during the pleistocene. Little is known about these species and whether it is a species on its own rather than a subspecies within Palaeoxodon antiquus, yet is is known from a thigh bone over 5 foot in length which indicates a possible height of over 4.5 metres which would make Palaeoxodon namadicus the largest land mammal to have ever existed surpassing Deinotherium and Paraceratherium.


Gompotherium is another highly unusual member of the proboscidea. Gompotherium stood around 3 metres high and had 4 tusks extending straight from its jaw, the two bottom tusks are flattened and shovel-shaped leading to suggesting that they were used in digging and finding food. Gompotherium is believed to be the first of the proboscideans to escape its homeland and migrate towards north america, mammoths would eventually evolve from the shovel-tusked creature. Although they are unfamiliar to most, they were very successful and flourished in north america for over 10 million years (during the miocene and pliocene). Their demise coincides with the rise of todays modern elephants, perhaps they were outcompeted to extinction.


Stegodon stood at around 3.5 metres tall and weighing in a 12 tonnes, however it is not this beasts size that is hard to comprehend, but its enormous tusks which could reach a whopping 3 metres in length. Stegodons thrived in the golden age of elephants 11 million years ago, exactly when they died out is a mystery, some believe they contained to roam across north america as little as a few thousand years ago.


Mammoths are amongst the most recognisable prehistoric creatures, they were extremely successful and thrived during the ice age thanks to their masses of fur, migration patterns and small ears. They died out around 4500 years ago when the ice age came to an end, although it is widely thought that humans contributed to their reduction in numbers as we fed on their meat, wore their fur and used their immense tusks and skin for shelter. The largest known species of mammoths could reach 4 metres in height and weigh up to 7 or 8 tonnes and they travelled in herds much like modern elephants. Incredibly well preserved specimens have been found across the world in peat bogs and permafrost preserving skin, hair and some organs in immaculate condition, this has led to multiple projects hoping to bring back the mammoth, although this is still highly controversial.


All modern elephants are the only relic from the glorious evolutionary history of the proboscideans that we have left. They can reach 4 metres in height and weigh up 7 tonnes. Their tusks are used in competing for mates as well as for feeding and the trunks, perhaps the most recognisable feature of any animal, are analogous to human hands, they are used to grab things, communicate and sense their environment. Elephants travel in close herds led by a matriarch and have been shown to display emotions of grief when a valued member dies, their social structure is incredibly sophisticated and complex, when a matriarchs reign is over, their is a specific order of individuals to take her place, usually the eldest daughter. Separate families of elephants have even been known to form bonds with each other and socialise in passing.
Elephants have long been attractive to humans, their skin has been sold, their tusks highly valued for decoration and medicine. Elephants have been relentlessly hunted by humans, so much so that in in the twentieth century their numbers declined by 74% in ten years. Over the last few decades multiple conservation efforts have been put in place to save these magnificent creatures from extinction, their population numbers have shown slight increases since the efforts began.

The proboscideans have been, and are still, one of the most remarkable groups in the animal kingdom. They have been incredibly successful since their first appearance over 40 million years ago, with only the elephants remaining we must save these wonderful animals from extinction for future generations to see and to continue the reign of one of the most spectacular dynasties in the animal kingdom.

Why I’m Worried About the Next Steven Bomb

We recently got an update on the schedule of the new season bomb coming out in May. The fourth episode’s  preview summary is as follows. “People are disappearing from beach city, and Steven tries to solve the mystery.” It seems like a pretty random episode to have, considering the rather lighthearted nature of the other episodes in the bomb, however, something tells me that this might be more important than what we, the fandom are giving it credit for.

When the Out of this World event aired a few months ago. There was one thing that I noticed that was left undiscussed, that was just smoothly added into the dialogue and of which, to my knowledge, nobody in the fandom bothered to take notice or question. In That Will Be All, after the lovely solo by Yellow Diamond and after the tense close encounter of Ruby and Sapphire with the diamonds, just before the crystal gems leave the chamber, there’s an exchange between the diamonds:

BD: It’s true. The window for preserving Earth’s specimens is closing.

YD: Is that what you want? Sapphire, has the cluster emerged yet?

Sapphire: No, it has not.

YD: Then there’s still time. That will be all.

Then there’s still time.

Then there’s still time.

Still time for what?

For preserving Earth’s specimens.

I think that in “Are You My Dad?” the disappearances are going to be the work of the Diamonds who, under the pressure of the “impending emersion” of the cluster have begun to collect and preserve more specimens of the human race in the name of Pink Diamond.

I don’t usually make fan theories on this blog and I’m not very experienced. But I truly believe that this is exactly what is going to happen in the near future of Steven Universe and I thought that I ought to share it.

There’s something a bit eerie about a jar of bats.

Like birds, bats can be preserved as specimen skins. However, the Jamaican Fruit Bats (Artibeus jamaicensis richardsoni) taken from this 1966 trip to Panama needed to make it back to North America, and it’s just more convenient to travel with a jar of weird stuff than a bag or box of fragile bat wings.

This method also keeps all of the specimens from one trip together, though it does make it a bit more messy to reach the specimen you want!

Photo credit: Ash Boudrie

Digitizing Museum Collections

Digitizing collections is an important initiative at Carnegie Museum of Natural History as well as many other museums across the country.  

The image above is of a Tropidurus spinulosus specimen that was taken by Kaylin Martin, a curatorial assistant in the Section of Herpetology, and uploaded to, an online research database.

Kaylin uses brand new photography equipment purchased with funds from a recent National Science Foundation grant. The grant will help the museum maintain and improve its historic Alcohol House, which is home to about 250,000 amphibian and reptile specimens that are preserved in jars.

Kaylin Martin is a curatorial assistant in the Section of Herpetology. She blogs about the collection in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s historic Alcohol House, which is home to thousands of fluid-preserved specimens.


i am offering skull and bone cleaning via dermestid beetles! pictured above are some bones, all cleaned by my beetles; a domestic cat, a feeder rat, a raccoon, a gray squirrel, a whole feeder rat skeleton, and a whole unwhitened feeder mouse skeleton. i can clean small to medium raw skulls for $10 plus shipping, large skulls for $15, and whole small skeletons for $15. ask me about larger skeleton cleaning!

i am also selling complete and cleaned mouse and rat skeletons, for those interested in articulating them yourselves. i am selling medium and large mouse and rat skeletons for $15 each, plus shipping.

beetle cleaning specimens preserves many of the small details and bones that would otherwise be lost during other methods of processing, and is how many museums clean their skulls and skeletons- it is my preferred method of processing.


“It’s true.. the wind of preserving earth’s specimens is closing” -BD
“Is that what you want? Sapphire has the cluster emerged yet?” - YD
“No it has not.” -Sapphire
“Then there’s still time” - YD
Guys it’s far from over. Yellow diamond is going to be sending someone soon to collect humans, another Jasper and peridot? Who knows. But all we can say for now is, she’s coming.

(What if.. they take Connie?.. or all of beach city..)
(Or they could take Donald trump that would solve a lot of problems)

scalesandexoskeletons  asked:

Hi! Do you have any resources on preserving/pinning insect specimens? I keep a lot of insects & I think it would be nice if I could display them once they go. Thank you x

Here’s some helpful links on how to pin insects! Texas A&M took down the comprehensive PDF I usually send people too :/.

I usually mooch supplies off the collection I work off or the entomology TAs. But when I do buy stuff, I usually order it from Bioquip. They offer a mounting kits for beginners for about 50$ which includes pins, forceps, spreading board, and a booklet on how to create and insect collection, and some other supplies. I have my el cheapo spreading board which is two meat trays stacked together with slits cut in the top one. If you are not interested in getting the kit, here’s the stuff you should probably procure. Generally I recommend getting insect pins (size 2 is good choice for medium sized insects), forceps (I prefer hard forceps, but soft forceps are best for spreading moth/butterflies), an pinning block (the one that looks like stairs), and if you don’t want to make your own spreading board – I like the versaboard and the adjustable economy spreading boards. As far as labels go, acid free card stock and micron pens work great (use a Joanns or Micheal’s coupon)! You can also print labels on your computer using excel or word. It’s more putsy but good if you have hard to read hand writing like I do. As far as display boxes go, bioquip has a lot of options and the woods are hand built. you want to make sure the display case you get is air tight to prevent dermestid beetles or book lice from getting in and chewing on your specimens.

The Fiji Mermaid is a nocturnal creature that lives in the lagoons and reefs around the Fiji Islands. Not much is known about its habits. Scientists believe it uses its long nibble fingers to forage for crustaceans and mollusks that hide in the crevices of the reef and sea floor. It is thought to be intelligent, due to its brain size and elusive nature. Eye witness accounts of living mermaids are almost unheard of. What is known about the creature comes from preserved specimens brought back from Oceania in the 1800’s. The creature came into public notice after a specimen was put on display at the Barnum American Museum in New York.

This is a limited edition linocut relief print. If you would like to purchase one, please visit my Etsy Store.

As I promised, Here’s the art for this week!

Era 1 Peridot a.k.a “Army Dot“

- Since I saw a lot of people make era 1 peridots, so I made my own!

This Peridot belongs to Blue Diamond and works as kindergartener on Zirconian. “He” currently resides with Zircon and “Leggy Lazuli“. His gem is on his right arm.

Era 2 Lapis Lazuli a.k.a “Leggy Lazuli”

- This Lazuli belongs to Yellow Diamond and works as a terraformer on Zirconinan. She is defective and resides with Zircon and “Army Dot”. Her gem is her left leg.

Era 1 Zircon a.k.a “Docon”

- This Zircon belongs to Blue Diamond and works as a specimen preserver on Zirconian. She is one of the first zircons incubated on the planet. Her gem is on her doc/chest. She currently resides with “Army Dot“ and “Leggy Lazuli”.

I also had to do their chibi versions, because no one else will!

Now.. you might be wondering, what is Zirconian? I’ll let you know.


- A planet 50 million light years away from Earth. It is colonized by both Yellow and Blue Diamond. 2/5 is owned by Blue Diamond and 3/5 is owned by Yellow Diamond. No one owns the bottom half of the planet, because it is pure barren wasteland. Zircons are incubated in kindergartens on this planet that’s why this planet is named “Zirconian”. Blue Diamond owns more zircons than Yellow does. Zircon’s role on Homeworld is to preserve specimen for research and stuff. Zircons are too low to own pearls, unless they did something praiseworthy by their diamond. Zirconian has little life, so Blue Diamond uses zircons to preserve them. Until now Zirconian is still producing mass amounts of zircons.

Florescence Discovered in Frogs

Polka dotted tree frog - Hypsiboas punctatus – Bolivia – 1919

By Kaylin Martin

In March of 2017, a team of researchers discovered that the South American tree frog Hypsiboas punctatus turns a blue-green color under ultraviolet light. Florescence has never before been reported in amphibians. 

Even though these Hypsiboas punctatus specimens in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s collection are almost 100 years old, they still fluoresce under ultraviolet light!

It is very probable that other amphibians possess the same molecules, hyloin-L1, hyloin-L2, and hyloin-G1, which are found in the lymph and skin glands and allow them to glow.

Kaylin Martin is a curatorial assistant in the Section of Herpetology. She blogs about the collection in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s historic Alcohol House, which is home to thousands of fluid-preserved specimens.

Creepy places to go

Stay on Main hotel (Cecil hotel), Los Angeles, California 

- Multiple suicides, murders, and unexplained deaths

- Just generally creepy as fuuuck

The Museum of Death, Los Angeles, California

- Original crime scene pictures

- Educational but in a, “I shouldn’t want to know this but I definitely want to” way

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia

- Was in operation between 1864 and 1994

- Inactive hospital for the mentally ill

- When active, uncontrollable patients were often locked in cages

- Overall creepy

The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

- Two floors full of preserved human specimens

- Just seems interesting. Full of bones and shit

DudleyTown in Cornwall, Connecticut

- Village of the damned

- Complete ghost town tbh

- Settlement for farmers in the 1700s

- Supposedly cursed  

West Virginia State Penitentiary 

-  Most violent correctional facilities and the final stop for almost 1,000 criminals

- Tons of prisoner led riots

-  Many men were hanged or killed in the electric chair

- Others were murdered by other prisoners 

- Closed in 1995

Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky

- Held hundreds of tuberculosis patients

- Closed in 1961, reopened in ‘62

-  Urban legend claim that “63,000 deaths” occurred at the Sanitorium

- 152 deaths per year

- 162 people died in 1945

- Just seems creepy

So I think that’s it. Im sure I’ll add more eventually but thats all for now. My list of places I want to road trip