The fish collection of the Smithsonian Institution responds to what can be expected from all the world's largest museums.
The Institution of Washington, home to 19 museums and nine research centers, has no fewer than four million copies of dried fish, with the presence of 70 percent of all species that populate the océnos, seas, rivers and lakes in the world.
One division of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, has undertaken the task of taking photos of high resolution X-ray the specimens to reveal the architecture of fish and compose a catalog of marine biodiversity.
The first step is exposure X-Ray Vision: Fishes Inside Out (X-Ray Vision: fish inside), which will run until August 5 at the headquarters of the museum and then begin a road show for ten major cities of the U.S. until 2015.
The exhibition, which also has a virtual headquarters online and a set of photos on Flickr of the tri-fold download images to a high enough resolution for printing with good quality, consists of forty large fish photos and inspired by the book Icthyo: The Architecture of Fish: X-Rays from the Smithsonian Institution (Chronicle Books, 2008) by Daniel Pauly, Lynne Parenti and Jean-Michel Cousteau.
One of the coordinators of X-Ray Vision: Fishes Inside Out is precisely one of the coaturas the book, Lynne Parenti, who, along with the second Commissioner, photographer Sandra Raredon have worked for years in the Division of Fishes museum, which holds the largest collection in the world: it has about 540,000 lots, ichthyology term used to designate specimens collected in the same place at the same time.
In the exhibition there are photos and rare specimens of special interest. X-rays allow scientists to analyze in detail the fish without having to intervene in the physical specimen.
It is possible, for example, determine if an animal died by ingestion of contaminated food. At the same time, the images provide a "valuable repository of information" on the skeleton of the fish, said Parenti.
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