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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.
In other words, "focus attention on the conjectural and periferalize
the known". A museum goer looking at a life restoration of an extinct animal
is NOT looking at "the real animal", its looking at an artists interpretation
of what the animal MAY have looked something like when alive. Skeletal mounts
may only show what the skeleton looked like, but they probably do it more
accurately then a life restoration does at showing what the whole living animal
really looked like. Anyway, us "walking bag'o'bones diehards" can't see all
those unflashy yet relevant little anatomical details in a scale model. Better
to have a like size skeletal mount and a scale model life restoration; it will
probably get out of date a little less quickly.