What is Taxidermy?

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History of Taxidermy

Taxidermy is the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal specimens with lifelike effect. Truly great taxidermy can be considered as much an art as other more traditional styles. It is a form of art that has been practiced for thousands of years.

The first examples of what we would consider taxidermy today were created by the ancient Egyptians around 2,200 B.C.E. Egyptians pioneered the preservation of natural tissue using spices and oils in a process known as embalming. Similar examples of preservation can be found throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and northern Africa centuries after the Egyptians.