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Here Hank and I talk about albino skunks, vampire bats, human skulls, and finger monkeys.

Transcriptions provided by Martina Šafusová, Michaela Medková, Rachel Prunty, Lorena Pimentel Villaça, Linamaria Gallegos Mayorga, Marie-Elsa Beaudon, Gaia Zaffaroni, Ann-K. Baumbach, Tony Chu, and Seth Bergenholtz. THANKS!
Hank: An albino skunk?

Emily: Yeah

Hank: 1970, where did he come from?

Emily: Missoula county,right here in I think Missoula, right.   Albino animals typically don't last too long in the wild.

Hank:  He's pretty big though.

Emily: Well, yeah, he is pretty big.  I guess skunks can live longer as albinos because they have such a good defense mechanism.

Hank: Yeah.  Well it doesn't really look like they're trying to hide too much.  They have that, it's like a warning coloration more than a -

Emily: Yeah, it's like hey I'm a skunk and I will secrete my anal glands at you.

Hank:  Are they lucky?  Lucky skunk feet?

Emily:  This is one of my favorite cabinets.  Like, I was mentioning the primate cabinet.  It tends to creep people out.

Hank:  Oh, cause it's like little baby skulls.

Emily:  They have their little fingers and their little finger nails and their little finger prints.

Hank:  Oh god, don't show their faces.

Emily:  It has these incisors that are still popping out.  They look like little people.

Hank:  It's almost like we evolved from them.

Emily:  Something weird like that.  From the bottom up they get a little less human-y so you get like spider monkeys up here and they have weirder, flatter, longer, more oblong skulls and they don't look quite as human.

Michael:  So if you go all the way to the bottom do you have actual humans?

Emily: (laughs) No, you can find those in the anthro department.  Funny story, our curator actually did find a human skull in the dumpster, behind this building.  He took it to the crime lab, and they're like well it's probably just from an anatomical skeleton, but then, the plot thickens.  He was going through the collection later and looking through a box of peccary skulls, the peccary's a kind of like relative of the pig, and he found a human cervical vertebrae.  So we have this-

Hank:  Wow, mystery novel in the making.

Emily:  I know!  Tiny itty-bitty skulls!  And these are primates too.  With fierce little teeth.

Hank:  Wow, I wouldn't want that thing to bite me.

Emily:  So you see those pictures of people on the internet and they have like look it, I have a finger monkey, this is pretty much the finger monkey.
And right on top-

Hank:  Wow, that's a big bat.

Emily:  Yeah, he got a little beat up a while ago.  This is what they call a flying fox, not really a fox.

Hank:  No.

Emily:  It's a bat.

Hank:  It's a bat.  Look at how thin those wings are.

Emily:  But it, um. Yeah, common vampire bats, these are from South America.  This is Edward and this is Bella-
And incredibly sharp front incisors, like these two extra incisors, and they make a tiny little incision and they lap up a little bit of blood and then they go off on their merry little way.