Anne Boleyn, second wife to Henry the VIII, is a specimen of speculation, admiration, and everything in between.
That gave participants an opportunity to try taxidermy without skinning the specimen, which some people find hard to stomach.
The lab report came back showing the specimen was some kind of rotten meat.
1610s, "pattern, model," from Latin specimen "indication, mark, example, sign, evidence," from specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "single thing regarded as typical of its kind" first recorded 1650s.
specimen spec·i·men (spěs'ə-mən)
A sample, as of tissue, blood, or urine, used for analysis and diagnosis.