New exhibition features stunning x-rays of fish


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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has opened a new exhibition called "X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out."

There are 40 images of fish in black and white x-ray vision, including a Winghead shark, a Pancake batfish, triggerfish, Porcupine puffer, a deep sea anglerfish, torrent loaches (below) and Coelacanth.

It runs until August 5 at The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, after which it will travel to 10 cities as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) before completing its tour in 2015.

The Smithsonian says: "Although the x-rays featured in this exhibit were made for research purposes, the strikingly elegant images demonstrate the natural union of science and art. Arranged in evolutionary sequence — from fishes such as sharks and skates, which have cartilage instead of bone, to bony, spiny-finned species — these x-rays will lead you on a tour through the long stream of evolution."

Find out more about the X-ray vision exhibition on the Smithsonian NMNH website.

You can also view the images online at the Encyclopedia of Life website's online collection.   

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