PacSci-Doku: “Lifelike Animal”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

 

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

What skill makes a dead animal look like it is alive?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

E  I  A  Y  M  T  R  D  X

PacSci-Doku: Lifelike Animal

Puzzle Difficulty: Medium

The Answer

PacSci-Doku: Lifelike Animal Answer

The question in this edition is:

What skill makes a dead animal look like it is alive?

The answer: Taxidermy

Taxidermy’s heyday was the Victorian Age when Queen Victoria reigned in Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. Not only were stuffed animals featured in natural history museums, but were popular decorations in the houses of wealthier families. Fortunately for the animals there is less interest by most people to have such trophies in their houses. But there is still a need for quality taxidermists to prepare animals for display in today’s museums. The goal is to make them look as lifelike as possible, and an annual competition allows taxidermists to show off their best work.

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