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RE: Museology II

Another excellent 'hands-on' display is the use of dinosaur bone material as
a jigsaw puzzle for students. Our Geological Society has a hadrosaur fibula
which has been partially prepared, leaving it in 7 large pieces. We put it
on a piece of carpet, mix it up and have the students try to put it back
together. This worked great during a Super Science Day at the Louisiana
Children's Museum. The 'amateur paleontologists' had a blast actually being
able to put together a real dinosaur bone.

Bob S.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pharris Nicholas J [SMTP:pharrinj@plu.edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 1999 2:19 PM
> To:   Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Cc:   dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject:      Re: Museology II
> On Wed, 10 Mar 1999, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> > Any additional thoughts on themes, particular taxa to be shown,
> displays,
> > technology, etc?
> I'd love to see some of the better-known recently found taxa displayed
> more widely:  _Sinraptor_, _Amargasaurus_, _Majungatholus_, _Utahraptor_,
> more complete _Oviraptor_, _Gastonia_, _Baryonyx_, the skull (at least) of
> _Giganotosaurus_, _Sinornithoides_, the _Monolophosaurus_ skull, new
> material of pachycephalosaurs and titanosaurs (and, of course, any others
> I'm forgetting!)
> I'm also very much in favor of arranging the animals in the ecosystems of
> which they were a part.  It gives so much of a better impression of how
> they _lived_ (in addition to combatting misinformation in many children's
> books, like scenes showing _Tyrannosaurus_ fighting _Stegosaurus_).  I'd
> also like to see more ecosystems represented than just the "traditional"
> western NAmerican ones:  new material from Texas, Argentina, the J of
> China, England, Madagascar, North Africa.
> My 20 mils.
> -Nick P