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Re: replicas & museum funding
> Have you asked for volunteers to help mount fiberglass casts? If I
> a museum, I would be happy to volunteer time to do this kind of
work, and I
> think others would, too.
I don't know what the regulations regarding the use of chemicals in
the US is, but it would be against regulations in this country
(Scotland) to allow anyone not employed by the museum/university to
handle such chemicals. Although we would welcome volunteers, they
tend to be restricted to study of collections, or manual labour, so as to
leave us with at least some of the fun things to do in our job.
> The revenue from the sales of casts to the public could more than
pay for more
> preparators to mold them.
This is not so. The market is very slow and unless some large
expensive pieces are sold, the cost of a preparator would never be
met unless they could attract consultancy work on their own. At least
this is our experience.
Curator of Palaeontology
University of Glasgow
Some large dinosaurs had three horns and were called
triceps, others had two horns and were called biceps.
(Geological Howlers - ed. WDI Rolfe)