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Taxidermy is the practice of preserving the skins of animals and using them to create tableaux or dioramas of the animals in what are meant to be accurate representations of their shape, habits, and/or life environments. Taxidermical techniques have developed considerably in the modern age. The practice may be considered to be an offshoot of the mummification of corpses, human and otherwise, as found in ancient Egypt and Xinjiang. However, mummification was conducted primarily for religious purposes and the resultant mummies were not meant for public display. When taxidermy began on a significant scale in the 18th century, it served a partly scientific purpose to help to disseminate information about creatures that most people would have almost no chance of seeing live in the wild. ...

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