Armadillo or Pangolin?


As you walk through Oxford University Museum of Natural History don't forget to look up and admire the carvings which head all of those respectable marble columns. Each column is made from a different British marble and each is topped with it's own unique corbel carved by Victorian stonemasons, John and James O'Shea, based on plants from Oxford's Botanical Gardens in the 1850's.
Drawing near to the entrance of the Pitt Rivers Collection you'll find the column pictured here. Peeping from those finely carved ferns are a tribe of sweet-faced, scaly headed beasts. Were they too carved from life? Take a look and decide - are they armadillo or pangolin?

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