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Cool Stuff In Image Archives-Cottontail with Horns

Posted 3/2/2012 12:03 AM by Library | Comments

This rabbit, while not part of the collection, was brought to the Museum in the early 1900's for inspection.  According to Head of Zoology and Curator John Demboski, this is caused by a virus related to the family of human Papilloma viruses (HPVs) and thought to be the basis for the Jackalope myth.  Volunteer Boyd Fletcher discovered this 5 x 7 glass plate negative while scanning the collection.

Catalog #IV.00-5543

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Want to hear more about Dr. Demboski's take on this phenomenon?  Click here.

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