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3480 (fetal sloth)

"3480 (fetal sloth)" is copyright  2008 by James G. Mundie. All rights reserved.  Reproduction prohibited.

pen and ink drawing, 2 x 1.5 inches, 2008

Among the animal specimens collected by John Hunter (1728-1793) was this tiny fetus of a three-toed sloth (bradypus tridactylus). Hunter would have been interested in this specimen for his studies in comparative anatomy, but to my modern eyes this creature looks completely alien — in fact, it's the closest thing to the cinematic E.T. that I've ever seen. Today, this sloth is part of the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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