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These unusual pads are actually made from poop.

We are not kidding.

Elephants and Pandas have a diet high in tough, fibrous vegetation, much of which gets chewed up and broken down, but passes otherwise undigested right on through to the other side. Collected and washed clean, this fiber can be made easily into paper pulp. These items are a fun, weird novelty, but they also help to suggest possibilities for sustainability, and a portion of the proceeds goes toward Elephant welfare efforts.

Made in Thailand, these pads have an attractive rough feel with cut-paper designs on the outside. Interior pages are made with additional Banana and pineapple fibers to provide a smoother surface for writing. A great new item, and a real lesson in the power of recycling! Keep one by the throne to jot down ideas as you sit and think.

Oh… and we think you will be happy to hear that they just smell like nice paper.

http://theevolutionstore.com/store/search/word/poo%20paper

Solar-Powered World Globe – Earth View
This solar-powered globe rotates peacefully and silently using only the energy of room light and the force of the earth’s magnetic field. The rotating part is actually an inner globe contained within a very clear acrylic shell. The thin space within the outer globe and the inner shell is filled with a safe, clear fluid which minimizes friction.The graphic features on the surface of the inner globe are magnified and appear to be on the outer surface, so that the whole seems to move on its three-fingered lucite stand. Within the solar-powered globe is a highly efficient drive mechanism which uses advanced solar cells and a magnetic element to provide torque to drive the globe. The globe will work in ordinary ambient room light and - despite its name - should be kept out of direct sunlight.All of these elements work together to create a beautiful, magical object that provides a meditative point of focus to any room!
http://theevolutionstore.com/store/solar-powered-world-globe—-earth-view-og0673

Solar-Powered World Globe – Earth View

This solar-powered globe rotates peacefully and silently using only the energy of room light and the force of the earth’s magnetic field. The rotating part is actually an inner globe contained within a very clear acrylic shell. The thin space within the outer globe and the inner shell is filled with a safe, clear fluid which minimizes friction.

The graphic features on the surface of the inner globe are magnified and appear to be on the outer surface, so that the whole seems to move on its three-fingered lucite stand. Within the solar-powered globe is a highly efficient drive mechanism which uses advanced solar cells and a magnetic element to provide torque to drive the globe. The globe will work in ordinary ambient room light and - despite its name - should be kept out of direct sunlight.

All of these elements work together to create a beautiful, magical object that provides a meditative point of focus to any room!

http://theevolutionstore.com/store/solar-powered-world-globe—-earth-view-og0673

Humboldt Squid Beak
The Humboldt or Jumbo squid may be found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and can grow up to six feet in overall length. Not nearly as large as the fabled Giant or Colossal Squid, it is far more frequently encountered, and commercially fished for consumption worldwide.A predatory animal feeding mostly on smaller creatures, it moves and hunts in large schools often of 1000 or more squid. Notoriously aggressive, especially when feeding, the Humboldt Squid is sometimes reported to attack divers and to feed cannibalistically on injured or netted individuals.We have obtained a few of these very large, fragile beaks recently and mounted them in domes, and we also have a few loose pairs available. These are very unusual and impressive items and would make an excellent addition to your collection!
http://theevolutionstore.com/store/humboldt-squid-beak/

Humboldt Squid Beak

The Humboldt or Jumbo squid may be found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and can grow up to six feet in overall length. Not nearly as large as the fabled Giant or Colossal Squid, it is far more frequently encountered, and commercially fished for consumption worldwide.

A predatory animal feeding mostly on smaller creatures, it moves and hunts in large schools often of 1000 or more squid. Notoriously aggressive, especially when feeding, the Humboldt Squid is sometimes reported to attack divers and to feed cannibalistically on injured or netted individuals.

We have obtained a few of these very large, fragile beaks recently and mounted them in domes, and we also have a few loose pairs available. These are very unusual and impressive items and would make an excellent addition to your collection!

http://theevolutionstore.com/store/humboldt-squid-beak/

Spring 2014

Even after 20 years in business, a new season still brings many changes to The Evolution Store. With that in mind we would like to share with you our many adventures in our first ever newsletter! Available in store and online, we hope you will enjoy reading about our latest travels, news, products and creations.

In the News

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that The Evolution Store and the film Jurassic Park were both introduced to natural history lovers in 1993. Since then, man has dreamed of bringing extinct animals back to life. Specifically, woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) have been the focus of extinction biologists as a viable candidate for this type of experiment because of their genetic similarity to extant Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and the abundance of well-preserved DNA in icy locales such as Siberia. An in-depth article in the New York Times explores the progress being made in this exciting field. Until we can picnic alongside grazing woolly mammoths in Central Park, we will have to content ourselves with a Fossil Woolly Mammoth Tooth. Check out our full line of mammoth products on our website!

Our friend Ron from The Bone Room searching for insects in amber…

Fossil Woolly Mammoth Tooth

Recent custom display, featuring 37 butterflies/moths

Custom Entomology Displays

Did you know the Entomology Department at The Evolution Store will create personalized decorative pieces? Either a customer or members of our Entomology Department may pick out various types of insects from our selection of loose specimens; with these specimens we create complimentary compositions and unique displays. We love to work with the customers throughout the process, sending photographs and remaining in contact to ensure that they will receive a display that will fit perfectly into their home or business.

Meet the Staff

Name: AJ Sapala

Age: 25

Position: Fabricator

Years at Evolution: 3 years

What did you do before working here:

Lighting Tech & Artist Assistant

Extracurricular Activities:

Front man for the NYC rockband The Hog

Favorite Product: Humboldt Squid Beak

Favorite Evolution Story: What I’d like to share is not so much a particular story. Instead it is a motif from the past that I hold very dear. Before I worked at the store in SoHo fixing things and helping out around the place, I was a sales associate at the Toys ”R” Us location (now closed). With that job came an incredible experience and I learned what it meant to be kind to people and children. Kindness is a motif that I strongly endorse at the store. If I can do my part in assisting an interested client or help a kid pick out an unusual creature that they enjoy, I feel that forever they will remember The Evolution Store as a great place. It’s been a joy to work with creatures here.

Hand-picked small items from the store

Manager’s Special

One of the greatest pleasures of working at The Evolution Store is the opportunity to help curate an ever-changing collection of some of the most interesting items in the world. Some of these items - like our largest Meteorite or Fossil Buffalo Skull - are large and quite expensive, but we spend a great deal of time and energy selecting numerous tiny treasures as well, whether searching through thousands of Fossil Shark Teeth to selecting a handful of exceptional pieces or spotting odd and exquisite mineral specimens to grace a future cabinet of curiosities. We always try to offer hundreds of lovely, unique inexpensive items, some of which will never make it to our website, but we take great care in selecting each Cleoniceras Ammonite, each Skull Carved From Antler, and countless pieces of unusual natural crystals and Tumbled Stones. If you are like me, you can never have enough small and fascinating things around you, and they make superb gifts. Come visit our store in SoHo and let us show you a remarkable variety of little things you never knew existed!

Company News

The Evolution Store warehouse has moved to Brooklyn! Located in the former Pfizer Building in Williamsburg, our warehouse is now housed in a renovated, sun-filled space. Surrounded by many artists, designers and entrepreneurs, our new location has breathed new life into our stockroom and shipping and receiving department. Change is a good thing. We look forward to many years there! Questions about your order?

Call us at 646-762-2502 or

e-mail custserv@theevolutionstore.com.

630 Flushing Ave.

From the Owner

My name is Bill Stevens and I’m the owner and founder of The Evolution Store. For the past 20 years, my trusted staff and I have striven to bring our customers the very best natural history products. To that end, every year we spend two jam-packed weeks out West; inspecting, buying and discovering new fossils, minerals, jewelry and more. We just got back from our latest trip and are very excited to share these specimens with you. Be sure to check our store and website often as we unveil these new finds. Thanks for reading!

Sincerely, Bill

Q&A

Q: How do I care for my iron meteorite?

A: When exposed to the Earth’s oxygen-rich atmosphere, iron meteorites naturally begin to oxidize and rust. To maintain your meteorite in excellent condition, follow each of these guidelines: 1.) Keep your meteorite in a dry place. 2.) Remove any rust with a wire brush and steel wool or scouring pads. 3.) Apply a thin layer of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) regularly to prevent future rusting. If you follow these steps, you should be able to enjoy your meteorite for the next 4.5 billion years!

Meteorite in Suspension Box

Kid’s Corner

Did you know that Evolution has a kiosk at the famous FAO Schwartz toy store?

Come visit us and browse our specially curated selection of kid-friendly products. We’ve got everything from mechanical butterflies in jars and anatomical snap-together kits to genuine insects in resin and taxidermy alligator heads! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff love chatting about science and natural history with our youngest fans, so stop on by the next time you’re in the market for a framed butterfly or a 100-million-year old dinosaur tooth! FAO Schwarz is located at 767 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street) in New York City. Find us on Level 2!

Scorpion lollipops are always a big hit with the kids!

Contact Us

The Evolution Store

120 Spring St

New York, NY 10012

212-343-1114

info@theevolutionstore.com

www.TheEvolutionStore.com


Joan Rivers visits The Evolution Store-part two.

Joan Rivers visits The Evolution Store!

“Dog Days of Fashion Week”

Joan and Melissa: Joan knows Best?

The Rivers’ beloved Pekingese dog, Max, passes away. The weight of the loss propels Joan into uncharacteristic behavior. Melissa faces the man who betrayed her. 

Waterbuck Mounted Horns.

"As the weather turns, our wanderlust heightens. From Alberta Ferretti’s South American embroideries to Altuzarra’s Aegean island wardrobe, we’ve seen how fashion has whole-heartedly embraced “vagabond” style. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to the home, Sibella Court, the Australian interior designer and notable nomad, travels the globe searching for inspiration that she can translate into decor. In her latest book, Gypsy, Court takes us through several different destinations—Galápagos, Ecuador, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Turkey, Scotland, and Romania—highlighting trends in everything from local architecture to crafts and the natural world. Here, we’ve taken some of her tips on channeling these travel-inspired looks and sourced everything you need to bring a little bit of vagabond glamour into your home.”

Rebecca Stadlen

Vogue.com April 11, 2014