The word taxidermy comes from the Greek terms "taxi" and "dermi" which refer to arrangement of the skin.
Vertebrate animals, birds, and fish can be candidates for three-dimensional taxidermy mounting, as well as amphibians and reptiles.
Taxidermy can be analyzed for exhibition or scientific study purposes.
Van Ingen & Van Ingen, a South Indian Taxidermy Company, was famous for naturally posed leopard and tiger mounts.
Martha Ann Maxwell was a hunter and the first female field naturalist to prepare samples. A collection of her taxidermy work was presented at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and Colorado Agricultural Society Fair in Denver.
Louis Dufresne, a famous naturalist and curator at Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, traveled on the Astrolabe ship to the islands of Trinidad, Madeira, and Tenerife.