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RE: Carnegie Museum to Show Dinosaurs Being Taken Apart
David Marjanovic wrote:
>> DeWalt, the Carnegie Museum director, said the museum had long wanted to
>> remount the Carnegie's dinosaurs to reflect the new science but didn't
>> the space.
>Does this mean it had the _money_ all the time!?!
Absolutely not. They have had plans to redo Dino Hall since the 60's but have
never had the money. They couldn't make the needed space without that money.
The State of Pennsylvania has put in a sizeable chunk, which was approved only
within the last year or so. This provided the "reality base" to the project
that encouraged other foundations to pledge funding, since it finally seemed
like the renovation was going to happen. And it is happening -- hooray!
And Mark Hallett wrote:
>...someone should inform the Exhibit staff at Carnegie that the arboreal
>thesis is very much alive and well, and that certain computer model studies,
>while they have done an excellent job of showing the theoretical osteological
>limitations of diplococid cervical movement, do not in any way address the
>possible elasticity factor of ligaments and tendons in achieving upward neck
>mobility from a quadrupedal pose, as well as the issue of bipedal/tripodal
>feeding. It would be a mistake to adopt only the hoizontal thesis in redoing
>sauropod interpretive displays.
Well, the Carnegie's own Dave Berman and research associate Bruce Rothschild
have done work that supports the horizontal or nearly horizontal posture. So
our diplodocids will have lower necks on exhibit. It is a curatorial decision,
not the Exhibits department. The specimens won't be foraging in any case, so
mode of feeding issues are not applicable. I am just happy that Dippy won't
look like Fred Flintstone's pet Dino anymore.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History