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Re: Museum Displays



** Reply to note from STEVEN9120@aol.com 06/22/95  8:05pm -0400

<<Why is it that there are very few exhibits in these museums that can  
show both skeletal, as well as a display that shows a complete dinosaur  
with skin and teeth?>>

At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History here, there is a display of a  
dire wolf (*Canis dirus*) and saber tooth cat (*Smilodon californicus*)  
facing off against each other over prey.  The skeleton of each is  
embedded in a painted body cast, so that the bones are completely  
exposed on one side (lateral view), while the other side shows a life  
restoration.  It's fairly effective at this scale; for the much larger 
dinosaurs,  
it might obscure the view of the fossils too much.  Most museums  
probably don't have room for complete sets of mounted skeletons and  
*separate* life restorations, but if you like this sort of thing, try the Royal 
 
Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.


Joe Ramirez
The Dinosaur Society