Webinar – Building Dinosaurs: Behind the Scenes
This Zoom webinar with author Caitlin Wylie aired November 15, 2021, as part of the "A Celebration of Fossils 2021" series. Watch a recording in the player above.
- This video includes closed captions and American Sign Language interpretation.
The iconic dinosaur skeletons we see in museums didn't just wake up like this. It takes a whole team of fossil preparators — technicians who painstakingly remove the fossils from rock, repair broken bones, and reconstruct missing pieces — to create them. These specimens are foundational evidence for paleontologists, and yet the work and workers in fossil preparation labs go largely unacknowledged in publications and specimen records. Not any more, thanks to a new book by Caitlin Wylie.
In "Preparing Dinosaurs: The Work behind the Scenes," Wylie investigates the creativity, problem-solving, and craft required of fossil preparators to decide what fossils, and therefore dinosaurs, look like. Wylie is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. Join us for a conversation with Wylie, moderated by Steve Jabo, Vertebrate Fossil Preparator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Host: Amanda Sciandra, a public programs coordinator at the National Museum of Natural History.
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- Video: Inside the Smithsonian's Fossil Prep Lab with Fossil Preparator Michelle Pinsdorf
- Subject Guide: Fossil Preparation – From Field to Museum