Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Horse

Although you may not have thought a lot about it, the relationship between the horse and humans has been rather successful for both parties. No other riding animal has had as much impact. Sure, Hannibal had elephants but they didn't do him much good did they? And the Mongols did not terrorize Europe and Asia with donkeys.

As such, The Horse is worth checking out. It is an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History and is dedicated to exploring how horses and humans shaped one another.

From the site:

The sound is unmistakable: the thundering hooves of a running horse. Horses have been racing across the landscape for more than 50 million years—much longer than our own species has existed. But once horses and humans encountered each other, our two species became powerfully linked.

Humans domesticated horses some 6,000 years ago, and over time, we have created more than 200 breeds, from the powerful Clydesdale to the graceful Arabian. As we have shaped horses to suit our needs on battlefields, farms and elsewhere, these animals have shaped human history. They have also captured our imagination and hearts. Millions of people rely on horses as their spirited, dedicated, much adored companions.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Index of Medieval Medical Images

Index of Medieval Medical Images is a really cool site. It is a database of medieval manuscript images with medical components held in North American collections. This database was created by the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA.

From the site:

The Index of Medieval Medical Images project began in 1988 and aimed to describe and index the content of all medieval manuscript images (up to the year 1500) with medical components held in North American collections. The goal of this 2001 pilot project was to make a substantial sample of the images and descriptions available via a searchable database on the Web.