Oh the ‘Capy-drama’

Here’s a little taster of the Capybara Construction event that we held in the Museum last Sunday. Evolutionary biologist and presenter of BBC4’s Secrets of Bones, Ben Garrod, joined our Life Collections conservator Bethany Palumbo and conservation intern Nicola Crompton to attempt the live reconstruction of a capybara skeleton.

This event was part of the week-long Reactions festival – an exploration of science and the arts at the University of Oxford Museums.

Just in case you don't know what a capybara is - here's one. It's the world's largest rodent and lives in South America.

Just in case you don’t know what a capybara is – here’s one. It’s the world’s largest rodent and lives in South America.

We should confess that Ben and Beth did not manage to completely recreate the skeleton, but they had plenty of interesting conversations with visitors about bones, anatomy, capybaras and conservation, so a very successful day nonetheless. Thanks again to Ben for coming along.

Examining the skull and explaining the capybara jaw movements.

Examining the skull and explaining the capybara jaw movements.

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