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Re: Museology



<Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 08:33:54 -0500 (EST)
From: "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <th81@umail.umd.edu>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Museology
Message-ID: <199903091333.IAA22189@umailsrv0.umd.edu>

As someone mentioned yesterday, time to move on to some new topics.

So:

What would the ideal early 21rst Century dinosaur hall look like at a given
museum?

That is, what do you, the interested public, want to see in future dinosaur
exhibits?

I'm looking here for all aspects: particular mounts (of taxa previously not
mounted; of new and interesting positions...); means of organizing exhibits;
type and topic of text; interactivity (if so, what kind); life
reconstructions or not; etc.>

What I would LOVE to see, and as soon as possible, is the ability to view
most (if not every) paleontological specimen with a remote camera, that can
zoom in on details, and cover the specimen from all angles, like they have
at National Geographic. Something that eliminate the need for travel to
these museums for those who need to research something. Perhaps, some kind
of internet display case, where you can make requests (in advance) for
specific specimens to be mounted.....(probably would lead to a heck of a
waiting list....like for the large telescopes).