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Dinos and Dragons
I just returned from the opening of a splendid and historic museum
exhibit in Europe that might be of interest to some on the list.
At the venerable Teylers Museum in Haarlem, The Netherlands (founded
in about 1764), the "Dino's en Draken" exhibit on fossils and
mythology is the first exhibit of this kind by a natural history
museum. The Teylers Museum is the home of the archaeopteryx fossil
whose feathers were first noticed by John Ostrom, some very famous
mosasaurs, and many other celebrated fossils studied by Plot, Cuvier,
The show explains and illustrates how fossils inspired mythology
about giants, dragons, monsters, cyclops, griffins, thunderstones,
picture stones, amber, ammonites, etc around the world, from the
American Badlands to China (a fascinating idea, if I do say so
myself!). Many of the fossil specimens are from the Teylers, the
Naturalis, and the Maastricht museum collections.
The illustrated museum catalog, available from the Teylers Museum
shop, features fine artwork by Patti Kane-Vanni, Pete Von Sholly, and
Ed Heck, and photos of Ana Pinto and Doug Wolfe's Zuniceratops.
The museum website: http://www.teylersmuseum.nl/index_flash.html