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---"Jonathan R. Wagner" <znc14@TTACS.TTU.EDU> wrote:
> I disaggree, a mounted, even heavily reconstructed, skeleton
> effective than disarticuted bits.
Hey, I thought we were just giving our opinions to TRH, not picking
each other's opinions apart. Frankly, I'm hurt, Wagner. :)
Having said that ...
I think these skeletal set-ups, and the continued adherence to them by
even the latest museums, are the most hilarious thing I've ever seen.
The next time you see a skeleton without muscle tissue, skin, organs,
etc., walking down the street, give me a holler. Until then, I'll
reiterate that they give people a very odd view of what dinosaurs were.
> Your average museum-goer can't put the
> critter back together in his head like paleo nuts can.
Hence the accompanying full-size life restoration. I'd argue that the
average museum goer also cannot look at a skeleton and truly see the
real animal. Of course, life restorations are partly conjectural, but
still ... A scale model of the articulated skeleton could accompany
for sake of the walking bag'o'bones diehards.
> Actually, I was just saying to someone the other day how
> *really* like the abstracted models. Why? [...] You take a
> scientists model of how something works and represent it in 3D, then
> the museum-goer "be the paleontologist". They get to look at the
> and find these features for themselves.
When I'm at the AMNH, which is often, I observe the visitors as much
as I observe the fossils. I generally notice people staring at the
fossils and totally ignoring those cladistic lesson poles or at most
glancing at them quickly with a glazed-over expression. That's why I
suggest they be integrated. People are awestruck by the power of 100
million year-old bones. People are somewhat less awestruck by large
pieces of bright-red plastic.
It's only my infallible opinion, though.
The third was asked which animal was the smartest of all, and the Brahmin
replied: "The one we have not found yet."
---From Plutarch's biography of Alexander the Great
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