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The Best Taxidermy You'll See All Year [VIDEO]

Professional taxidermists competed on the world stage and showcased their ability to preserve nature in time.

Taxidermists from 48 U.S. states (and some from as far away as New Zealand) showcased their skills at the World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Missouri. The female contingent was especially well represented this year.

Check out the video highlights!

A keen eye for detail and a steady hand are the foundation of this art form. With nearly 500 entrants in the 2015 competition, the diversity of species and perfect settings were enough to make even Jim Shockey's trophy room jealous.

How many of these pieces would you take for your den or office?

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The Best Taxidermy You'll See All Year [VIDEO]