Sometime last night, this site received its 10,000th visitor. I am thrilled beyond words that so many people have found what I have posted here interesting or helpful. I started blogging when I was fresh out of college, with an internship at the Smithsonian but only vague ideas of what I wanted to do with myself. Since that time, I figured out that while the web is full of fantastic resources on research in paleontology, precious little information was available about the study and display of fossils on a human timescale. The spectacular paleontology exhibitions that fill our museum halls would certainly not be possible without the study of the fossil record, but they also wouldn’t exist without the artists, technicians, researchers and educators that will these displays into reality.
If only in a disorganized and haphazard way, that is what I aim to provide with this blog. The process of creating and communicating knowledge in a museum setting is as much about people as it is about ideas, and I’d like to make sure those people get the recognition they deserve.
So with that, I would like to say thank you to each and every person that stopped by, and especially those who took the time to join the conversation by commenting and sharing their own expertise. Here’s to 20,000!