Image of the Day: Under the Microscope
Image of the Day: Under the Microscope

Image of the Day: Under the Microscope

A virtual exhibition of C.R. Percival’s slides reveals the natural world up close.

Mar 5, 2019
Carolyn Wilke

ABOVE: Rhinoceros horn section at 40x magnification
INGENIUM; PERCIVAL SLIDE COLLECTION

In the late 1800s to mid 1900s, microscopist C.R. Percival collected and prepared microscope slides that let scientists zoom in on the natural world. His slides capture the colors and textures of life from miniscule ocean creatures to insect legs to sections of teeth. A collection of photographs taken of his slides is on display virtually at Ingenium, an organization that runs science museums in Canada.

Spider fangs (Dysdera crocata) at 40x magnification
INGENIUM; PERCIVAL SLIDE COLLECTION


Sea snail (Patella vulgate) at 40x magnification
INGENIUM; PERCIVAL SLIDE COLLECTION
Polar bear hair at 40x magnification
INGENIUM; PERCIVAL SLIDE COLLECTION