Key Posts

“It may be fairly claimed that vertebrate paleontology has been the most important single factor in the rise and popularization of natural history museums. This is perhaps its greatest contribution to the social, as opposed to the scientific, history of America” (Simpson 1942, 157).

Displaying the Tyrant King

The Epistemological Challenge of Model Whales

History of the AMNH Fossil Halls – Part 1 and Part 2

History of the FMNH Fossil Halls – Part 1 and Part 2

Bully for Camarasaurus – The True Story of How “Brontosaurus” Lost its Head

The Carnegie Quarry Diaspora

The Diplodocus Seen ‘Round the World

See the Elephant

The Great Mammoth of Lincoln

The Artist in His Museum: Peale’s Mastodon

First Full-Sized Dinosaurs: Crystal Palace and Hadrosaurus

Installation Art in the Service of ScienceBarosaurus as Art

Framing Fossil Exhibits – Intro, Walk Through Time, Phylogeny, Habitat Immersion, Environmental Change


Simpson, G.G. (1942). The Beginnings of Vertebrate Paleontology in North Ameirca. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 86:130-188.

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