We Pay Them in Meat

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Finally, an excerpt from another Here Be Monsters story, about flesh-eating beetles. If you've ever walked through through a natural history museum, you've seen the rows of effortlessly clean animal skeletons. Chances are you're looking at a strange form of human/insect symbiosis happening in the museum's back rooms. Preparing an animal's skeleton for display is incredibly labor intensive for human hands, so curators have turned to a family of beetles with millennia of experience.

The partly cleaned skull of a barred owl

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Bob Carlson


Bob Carlson, Nick White