X-Ray of a scorpion fish

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7 Responses to “X-Ray of a scorpion fish”

  1. Dan Warren says:

    The California Academy of Sciences has a great book and exhibit on fish x-rays as well:

    http://www.calacademy.org/exhibits/x-ray_ichthyology/

    If you want to see something even cooler, though, you should look for an exhibition of “cleared and stained” fish.  This is a process in which the flesh of the fish is made transparent via the application of special chemicals while their bones and connective tissue are dyed.  Just do a Google image search for “cleared and stained fish” and you’ll be blown away.

    • Very interesting . . . but when they’re X-rayed, even the tiniest fibrils of bone are perfectly preserved in exact position, whereas I’d imagine by removing the underlying structures, ie. muscle, fat, cartilage etc. some of the smaller structures would become deformed by gravity.

      Now I’d like to see a human being cleared and stained!

  2. I’m fascinated by the fact that if you somehow persuade yourself that you’re not necessarily looking at a fish, you can see the underlying structure of mammals, reptiles, even (you have to stretch it) insects. Things are yes, elongated, skewed, bent, feathered, but still, there’s that “all non-vegetative life on Earth” paradigm going on in this lowly fish . . . I’d like to see one of those neat morphing videos turning this fish skeleton into, say, a cheetah skeleton. I’ll bet it could be done without too much removal/addition.

  3. Bookburn says:

    My science classroom needs prints of these.  Heck… my bedroom needs prints of these.

  4. bobcorrigan says:

    I’ll look in to what we can do to make those prints available.  It’s a good idea.

  5. bobcorrigan says:

    I like the Solenostomus cyanopterus x-rays, you can see the skeletons of what their last meals were.    Here’s a higher-res photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nmnh/6721868695/lightbox/

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