Hello new followers!

Apatosaurus and Camarasaurus at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Photo by the author.

Apatosaurus and Camarasaurus at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Photo by the author.

Thanks to the Diplodocus post being featured on Freshly Pressed, the number of people following this blog has increased fourfold in 24 hours. Welcome, everyone, and thanks for your interest! I’ve been using this blog to explore the world of mounted fossil skeletons in museums. These exhibits fascinate me because they are effectively installation art in the service of science, and what’s more, many have taken on a second life as cultural artifacts over the course of their decades on display.

Here is a sampling of key posts that have been reasonably popular…or which I am not yet completely embarrassed by:

A Primer on Fossil Mounts

Museums and the Triceratops Posture Problem – Parts One and Two

Displaying the Tyrant King – Parts One, Two, and Three

The Osborn Problem

History of Fossil Displays at the Smithsonian

The Calvert Marine Museum’s Big Foam Shark

Juan Bautista Bru and the First Fossil Mount

First Full-Sized Dinosaurs: From Crystal Palace to Hadrosaurus

Chicago’s Half-Finished Sauropod

In Defense of New Museums

Beating the Orthogenetic Horse

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