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"Digital Cretaceous" at the NMNH (Smithsonian)

    Those of you who have access to MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Vol. 121, No. 6,
June 1999 may find the article featured on their cover (via a
computer-reconstructed Triceratops scull image) quite interesting.

    That cover uses the name quoted in the subject of this message, but the
article (pages 54 - 57) inside is titled, "Relief for WEARY BONES",
subtitled, "New Engineering tools -- and some enterprising technologists --
are helping the Smithsonian's dinosaurs stand up taller and stronger.  It
was written by Harry Hutchinson, Managing Editor of MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

    The first person mentioned in the article is this list's on Ralph
Chapman, who heads the NMNH's morphometrics laboratory.

    The article gives some interesting details about equipment, software,
and persons who responsible in the NMNH's Triceratops reconstruction
project, etc.  It also says that NMNH is, "...looking for a few interested
mechanical engineers," to work with them on a voluntary basis, but it
stresses the museum is interested in volunteers, "...with no biological
baggage", so that may eliminate otherwise-interested mechanical engineers
(if there are any) who are on this list.   However, interested engineers --
the article tells us -- can reach Ralph Chapman at chapman.ralph@nmnh.si.edu