Friday, March 25, 2011

Lizard skin 3 ways

Fashion (1st image) Lizard leather is extremely versatile and is used to make boots, shoes, handbags, watch straps, belts, and wallets. Roje Leather sells wholescale skins from the Java (a.k.a. monitor or ring) lizard, which has a unique texture and numerous applications. Roje has 10,000 hides on hand at any one time (see video), but is willing to supply customized colors, prints, and metallic finishes within 30 days.

Fossil (2nd image) The intact skin of a fossilized lizard has given a team of U.K. and U.S. scientists a new window on the prehistoric past. They are using a new technique in which light is shined through a needle at the specimen's surface. A little more absorption at a certain frequency indicates the fingerprint for a particular organic compound. Geochemist Roy Wogelius explains, "These new infra-red and X-ray methods reveal intricate chemical patterns that have been overlooked by traditional methods for decades. We have learned that some of these compounds, if the chemistry is just right, can give us a bit of a whiff of the chemistry of these ancient organisms."

Food (3rd image) Lizard skin is what is left over after you have eaten the creature. The length of this animal was 4' and it was purchased by a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon more than 25 years ago. As he explains, "This skin was waved at me as I was passing by a jungle village. The owner needed the money so I bought it for 700 CFA. I saw one of these alive run across the road while in a bush taxi and what a majestic and powerful beast. The occupants of the taxi chorused 'there goes a great meal'."

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