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Museum lab investigates Britain's X-Files

By T.K. Randall
October 21, 2013 · Comment icon 5 comments



The Natural History Museum in London. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Gary Bembridge
Laboratories at the Natural History Museum in London have been tasked with investigating odd discoveries.
The Identification and Advisory Service is tasked with examining a variety of strange and inexplicable objects that are discovered by members of the public. Some of these items are so strange that they wouldn't look out of place on Fox Mulder's desk.

One of the most recent cases involved the discovery of a strange slime on a nature reserve that coincided with a meteor sighting. Known as "star jelly", samples of the peculiar substance were sent to the lab but tests failed to find any conclusive explanation for what it could be.
"The slime is still a genuine mystery," said researcher Chesca Rogers. "None of the tests we have done so far have told us anything conclusive, but the samples we got were not in the best condition and highly contaminated."

Other items brought to the lab for investigation include rocks thought to be dinosaur fossils and materials thought to be from meteorites. Two notable cases from recent years include a sabre-tooth cat skull that turned out to be a deer and the skull of a dragon that turned out to be the pelvic bone of a sea bird.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
I read the original article. Very interesting!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns 9 years ago
This is some really interesting stuff!
Comment icon #3 Posted by stereologist 9 years ago
That must be a fun job - figuring out what unusual item is brought in. I especially like the part where they were there to determine the correct label for an object brought in and already "identified."
Comment icon #4 Posted by bassai26 9 years ago
its fascinating.
Comment icon #5 Posted by aearluin 9 years ago
"the skull of a dragon that turned out to be the pelvic bone of a sea bird" That would have to be a damn small dragon then!!! Good job debunking that one!


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