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Fig. 14. Though Carter’s own museum featured a tableau of mountain goats, most of his specimens could never have made it into this group even if they had survived the moth damage. Where Carter has stuffed his mounts with straw and wire, then propped them upon wooden boards, by the 1900s, taxidermists for the Colorado Museum draped specimen skins over plaster musculature, posing the mounts to demonstrate behaviors typical of the species, as made evident by the contortions of the center goat scratching behind his ear. “Interior View of the Colorado Museum of Natural History, Denver,” glass photonegative by Louis Charles McLure (21 x 26 cm), between 1901 and 1910. Courtesy of the Western History Collection, MCC-1084, Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado.


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