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Elephant Feet, Dinosaur Fingers, and Creepy Cabinets

“Is it knowledge, ownership or curiosity that drives us to collect?” asks photographer Justine Cooper. “Are we by nature obsessive, preservationist, or sentimental?”

The subjects of Cooper’s Saved By Science photographs, shot in the bowels of the American Museum of Natural History, include a 100-year-old locker filled with elephant feet; a bone from the middle finger of a T-Rex relative wrapped in a century-old newspaper; and Lord Walter Rothschild’s stuffed birds, which he sold off when a former mistress blackmailed him. SEED Magazine has posted a mesmerizing slideshow with smart commentary from the photographer.

Source: SEED Magazine