Building Dinosaurs: Behind the ScenesWebcasts & Online
Monday, November 15, 2021, 5 – 6pm EST
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.
This program will be presented as a Zoom video webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants.
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