This time-lapse video from LSA’s Museum of Zoology takes the bat species Artibeus jamacanensis from specimen to display. The process might be a little stomach-churning, but then again, good science isn’t always mess-free.

As one of the largest university museums in the world, the Museum of Zoology is a crucial resource for use in research, conservation, and education. Studying animals such asArtibeus jamacanensis allows scientists to craft a tangible record of life on Earth.

Here, museum research assistant and LSA alumnus Michael Schmidtke (’11) carefully disassembles our specimen, preparing it for life as a research sample.

Video production by Natalie Condon.