A look into the lab

Yep, more Carnegie. This is the ‘open’ part of their dinosaur lab, with preparators working behind glass in a way that visitors can see them and their work. These kinds of displays are becoming ever more common and it’s hard not to like them. It brings a really secretive part of the world of palaeontology out and into the open so people can see the painstaking work that goes into freeing bones from rock and restoring them to their prime (well, prime for something 100 million years old and crushed).

On the other hand though, I can imagine it’s a less than perfect working environment, especially on busy days. As long as the *whole* lab is not open to scrutiny (people need privacy and delicate work needs perfect concentration) I think it’s a great education tool.

4 Responses to “A look into the lab”

  1. 1 Schenck 12/01/2012 at 3:16 pm

    I have to wonder, are these panels clear glass or are they police-station-line-up oneway glass? I suspect they’re clear glass, but one-way would make sense for a sense of privacy.

  2. 3 Allen Hazen 13/01/2012 at 12:00 am

    The Paige museum (branch of LA museum at the La Brea Tarpits) also has a prep-lab with glass walls the visitors can look through. (It also has an animatronic, bellowing, Mammoth, a wall display of something like a thousand Canis virus skulls, and lots of other neat stuff– I went to it with a non-paleofreak friend who was very impressed with the way it had all been made accessible to people with her level of knowledge of the subject. Strongly recommended if you are in LA. Next door– literally– to the Los Angeles County Art Museum.)

    (It has a few derived theropods– Teratornis merriami and such– but, being devoted to La Brea fossils, no non-avian dinosaurs. Scariest exhibit: a vat of brea with pistons, of different diameters and so different surface areas, you can pull on to get a sense of what it would be like to be mired in the stuff.)

  3. 4 Allen Hazen 13/01/2012 at 12:01 am

    Canis dirus. Either my finger was two keys wrong or there’s a #$%^&* spell-corrector.

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