normally this gathering of the cyber palaeontologists would be about sharing the science of fossils through the web wide world, which is really important. however this month i thought it'd be cool instead to stop and reflect on the real world places around the world that do a similar job. the places that share fossils in the non virtual world.
for many of us this is where our fascination with prehistory, or even science, began (not me mind you. i was born in a museum, and because my kind tend to be very confined in these places, they hold a slightly different significance to us dinosaurs...). considering all that they have typically given us palaeo buffs, professionals, and or lovers, it is time for us to give something back to these institutions and introduce new people to them.
given that this is a post about museums and their displays i thought it only worthy that we display this month's boneyard entries in museum style.
so allow me to take you on a tour of the boneyard museum of museums (i'm a pretty good tour guide, i used to do it back in the day):
Trips Down Memory Lane
our first stop in this virtual museum gallery is exhibits depicting historically important museum trips and/or experiences to some of our fellow palaeo bloggers...
mo the disillusioned taxonomist gives us a flashback to his early visits to the natural history museum, of london. find out how he reacted to his first encounter with a t-rex! (not the way i'd have liked that's for sure!)
zach of when pigs fly returns relays his fond memories of not just the royal tyrrell museum but also the chicago field museum.
my discoverer the weapon of mass imagination, craig tells us about his experience living at a museum (and i thought only we dinosaurs lived in museums?!?). plus a quick sidenote about his childhood trips there too.
the crazyharp over at stupid dinosaur lies not only has updated the link to boneyard 25 (this is its final standing point), but also recalls her only trip to the the american museum of natural history in new york, with an awesome gallery by gallery tour!
Museum's of Old
sadly like many things stored within them, sometimes museums fade from existence. fortunately our virtual museum is here to help retrieve them from oblivion and preserve them for the future to enjoy!
the web's own cryology expert david takes us back for a curious trip into the legendary cabinets of curiosities.
the staple of most museums is the highlighting of specific interesting specimens. our virtual museum is no different, with tons of displays about some of the wonders of the wild world of museums!
my special talent agent peter bond over on his blog has covered the palaontologisches museum munchen in germ-land.
new blogger raptor lewis and his paleoquest takes us through highlights of the field museum, union termina, AND Houston Museum of Natural Science. though this is his first boneyard post, expect many more in the future!
the ever popular dinochick rebecca goes through the sam noble oklahoma museum of natural history both in the front of house and the behind the scenes stuff that real palaeontologists like herself get to see.
glendon THE flying trilobite covers his local museum. which when your local museum is the royal ontario museum (the ROM) means you're pretty lucky!
marvel at his cyber exhibits on
- new zealand's national museum (a truly impressive museum) te papa in wellington.
- the auckland war memorial museum.
- puke ariki in new plymouth.
- the whangarei museum and kiwi house.
- canterbury region museum.
- my local museum and work place the otago museum.
- the otago museum's geology department may be small, but has an excellent sample of kiwi marine fossils.
- finally there is the southland museum.