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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal structure and function  >  Body parts  >  Armour (Body parts)

Puffer fish helmet, early 1900s

This is a warrior's helmet from the Micronesian island group of Kiribati. Made from the dried skin of a puffer fish, the tail forms a peak at the back and the two fins form wings on either side. The outer shell of the helmet is the spiky body of the fish. It has a plaited lining that provides a snug fit and the base has ...


Scientific reconstruction of a Minmi dinosaur

This is a colour scientific reconstruction of the dinosaur 'Minmi paravertebra'. The animal was 3 m long and 1 m tall. The illustration shows longer back legs than front, a short neck and a wide skull. It has osteoderms (bony protrusions) on its head, back, abdomen and legs. The protrusions run horizontally along its back ...