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Re: Displaying original fossils (was Re: Sue Photos Online)

-----Original Message-----
From: Gigi and Ralph <gbabcock@best.com>
To: cbrochu@fmnh.org <cbrochu@fmnh.org>
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 1:24 PM
Subject: Displaying original fossils (was Re: Sue Photos Online)

>In the case of Sue, the casts
>will certainly generate some excitement, but they will not hold the public
>thrall quite the same as the original.  On the other hand, there is much to
>said for fossil casts which can present undistorted, exciting skeletal
mounts to
>museum visitors around the world while the originals are safely held for

Just a thought....wouldn`t it be interesting (for any specimen) to place all
the original bones at ground level in the positions they were found, from
which a discussion of taphonomy could be presented, and have an accurately
reconstructed (and distortion-free) cast fully assembled nearby for
comparison? This might make the original bones even more acessable for
serious study by visiting scientists. Perhaps specific bones could also be
"highlighted" by spotlight in both displays at the push of a button as a
hands on activity for visitors.