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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Evolution Store

This is the type of place that would be hard to imagine anywhere outside NYC. Even for the city, The Evolution Store at 120 Spring Street in SOHO, is extremely unusual. Click here for more photos. Open since 1993, they are a landmark in the neighborhood - ask anyone who lives here and they most likely know the shop. They sell animal (and human) skulls, fossils, meteorites, seashells, framed butterflies and beetles, anatomical models, medical posters and tribal art. Many of their items are collectible and museum quality. Specimens are obtained from paleontologists, entomologists, anthropologists and others who supply museums and private collectors from all corners of the world. They have an entomology workshop staffed by experts. The shop staff itself is definitely pro insect - when I was there, Kate was showing her live pet scorpion, whom she said was very docile. According to their website, all of the items are legally obtained and can be legally sold in New York State...

10 comments:

Pierre said...

An incredible shop indeed... And what a Scorpion!!! I wouldn't take it on my hand :)

Brian said...

It's a great shop to get gifts for someone who is difficult to buy for or "has everything."
Brian

Ruth said...

But would that person WANT something from this store?? I suppose a mounted butterfly might be nice.

Was the stinger removed from this scorpion I wonder?

Brian said...

There are many things that are really not that creepy - like spider webs in black stone, butterflies or tribal art. And I do not believe the stinger was removed.
Brian

Gail's Man said...

Except for actors playing Macbeth & Goths/witches, who would want a human skull in their home.

Helen said...

Interseting! I know a few folks who would love this store!

Tim said...

Thanks for sharing this particular pic - some how it made me feel more complete!

edwin s said...

brilliant study of evolution ( I mean how wonderful your picture is)

I've missed your pictures :) Hope Lucy and you are having a great week so far.

Eric said...

Hey guys, this is fantastic and so interesting. Not the F.A.O. Shwartz Christmas shopping event I would have imagined at Christmas time, but hey, for the person who has everything, this isn't a bad shop to try!

Anonymous said...

Some friends brought me in here. I saw the stuffed cats and my ears started ringing. Had to step outside or I would have passed out. Such a wuss.