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The Komodo dragon was the driving factor for an expedition to Komodo Island by W. Douglas Burden in 1926. After returning with 12 preserved specimens and 2 live ones, this expedition provided the inspiration for the 1933 movie King Kong.

Does it means "died Komodo dragons"?

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The (dead) specimens were pickled (probably in formaldehyde).

Similar to 1.4 here except it is not food, but a scientific sample:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/preserve

The preservation processes differ, of course. But it means to "treat something chemically to prevent spoilage".

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  • +1 I think the last sentence is intended to convey that it might not have specifically been formaldehyde, but any of many possible chemicals, or a non-chemical technique. Formaldehyde is just an example. (If not, I just said it.) – Jay Oct 9 '14 at 13:13
  • I'll add probably :-) – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 9 '14 at 13:32

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