What prompts people to stuff dead animals in lifelike poses? Melissa Milgrom started hanging out with taxidermists and asking questions. Is taxidermy a commemoration—and if so—does it celebrate life or death? Does preservation glorify the animal, or the person who resurrects it? Her book Still Life skins taxidermy’s last remaining practitioners, delving into the art and science of macerating bisons and sculpting puma tails.
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