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July 26th, 2021

forthcoming: Preparing Dinosaurs (Caitlin Wylie investigates the skilled labor of fossil preparators)

Those awe-inspiring dinosaur skeletons on display in museums do not spring fully assembled from the earth. Technicians known as preparators have painstakingly removed the fossils from rock, repaired broken bones, and reconstructed 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. In Preparing Dinosaurs, Caitlin Wylie investigates the skilled labor of fossil preparators and the often unacknowledged creativity and problem-solving on which scientists rely, and argues for a new model of science that includes all research work and workers.

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Preparing Dinosaurs by Caitlin Donahue Wylie