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    Naturevolume 441page935 (2006) | Download Citation

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    Windows on Nature: The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History

    Harry N. Abrams: $40 0810959402 | ISBN: 0-810-95940-2
    Credit: D. FINNIN/AMNH

    Dazzling the millions who troop past, the habitat dioramas of New York's American Museum of Natural History, including this gorilla showcase, have fused science and art into hyper-real three-dimensional displays of animals in their native savannah, swamp or plain. Windows on Nature: The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History by Stephen Christopher Quinn (Harry N. Abrams, $40) takes a behind-the-scenes look at more than 40 of them, each a testament to the explorers, naturalists, taxidermists and artists who painstakingly brought them to life more than half a century ago. This heroic task — it took 18 years to complete the 29 dioramas of the North American mammal section alone — inspired a number of conservation measures, as well as considerable awe.

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