Released on 2021-08-31Categories Science

Preparing Dinosaurs

Preparing Dinosaurs

Author: Caitlin Donahue Wylie

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262365963

Category: Science

Page: 264

View: 604

An investigation of the work and workers in fossil preparation labs reveals the often unacknowledged creativity and problem-solving on which scientists rely. 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 this book, Caitlin Wylie investigates the skilled labor of fossil preparators and argues for a new model of science that includes all research work and workers. Drawing on ethnographic observations and interviews, Wylie shows that the everyday work of fossil preparation requires creativity, problem-solving, and craft. She finds that preparators privilege their own skills over technology and that scientists prefer to rely on these trusted technicians rather than new technologies. Wylie examines how fossil preparators decide what fossils, and therefore dinosaurs, look like; how labor relations between interdependent yet hierarchically unequal collaborators influence scientific practice; how some museums display preparators at work behind glass, as if they were another exhibit; and how these workers learn their skills without formal training or scientific credentials. The work of preparing specimens is a crucial component of scientific research, although it leaves few written traces. Wylie argues that the paleontology research community's social structure demonstrates how other sciences might incorporate non-scientists into research work, empowering and educating both scientists and nonscientists.
Released on 2021-08-31Categories Science

Preparing Dinosaurs

Preparing Dinosaurs

Author: Caitlin Donahue Wylie

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262542678

Category: Science

Page: 266

View: 292

An investigation of the work and workers in fossil preparation labs reveals the often unacknowledged creativity and problem-solving on which scientists rely. 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 this book, Caitlin Wylie investigates the skilled labor of fossil preparators and argues for a new model of science that includes all research work and workers. Drawing on ethnographic observations and interviews, Wylie shows that the everyday work of fossil preparation requires creativity, problem-solving, and craft. She finds that preparators privilege their own skills over technology and that scientists prefer to rely on these trusted technicians rather than new technologies. Wylie examines how fossil preparators decide what fossils, and therefore dinosaurs, look like; how labor relations between interdependent yet hierarchically unequal collaborators influence scientific practice; how some museums display preparators at work behind glass, as if they were another exhibit; and how these workers learn their skills without formal training or scientific credentials. The work of preparing specimens is a crucial component of scientific research, although it leaves few written traces. Wylie argues that the paleontology research community's social structure demonstrates how other sciences might incorporate non-scientists into research work, empowering and educating both scientists and nonscientists.
Released on 2019-02-18Categories Art

Extinct Monsters to Deep Time

Extinct Monsters to Deep Time

Author: Diana E. Marsh

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781789201239

Category: Art

Page: 333

View: 957

Extinct Monsters to Deep Time is an ethnography that documents the growing friction between the research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century. Marsh describes participant observation and historical research at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as it prepared for its largest-ever exhibit renovation, Deep Time. As a museum ethnography, the book provides a grounded perspective on the inner-workings of the world’s largest natural history museum and the social processes of communicating science to the public.
Released on 2020-03-03Categories Science

Dinosaurs of Darkness

Dinosaurs of Darkness

Author: Thomas H. Rich

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253047427

Category: Science

Page: 331

View: 132

Dinosaurs of Darkness opens a doorway to a fascinating former world, between 100 million and 120 million years ago, when Australia was far south of its present location and joined to Antarctica. Dinosaurs lived in this polar region. How were the polar dinosaurs discovered? What do we now know about them? Thomas H. Rich and Patricia Vickers-Rich, who have played crucial roles in their discovery, describe how they and others collected the fossils indispensable to our knowledge of this realm and how painstaking laboratory work and analyses continue to unlock the secrets of the polar dinosaurs. This scientific adventure makes for a fascinating story: it begins with one destination in mind and ends at another, arrived at by a most roundabout route, down byways and back from dead ends. Dinosaurs of Darkness is a personal, absorbing account of the way scientific research is actually conducted and how hard and rewarding it is to mine the knowledge of this remarkable life of the past. The award-winning first edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest discoveries and interpretations, along with over 100 new photographs and charts, many in color.
Released on 2022-08-15Categories

Invisible Labour in Modern Science

Invisible Labour in Modern Science

Author: Jenny Bangham

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538159965

Category:

Page: 355

View: 403

This book explores how and why some people and practices are made invisible in science, featuring 25 case studies and commentaries that explore how invisibility can bolster or undermine credibility, how race, gender, class, and nation frame who can see what, how invisibility empowers and marginalizes, and the epistemic ramifications of concealment.
Released on 2017-11-09Categories Education

Cambridge IGCSE® English as a Second Language Exam Preparation and Practice with Audio CDs (2)

Cambridge IGCSE® English as a Second Language Exam Preparation and Practice with Audio CDs (2)

Author: Katia Carter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316636787

Category: Education

Page: 217

View: 900

This book supports students preparing for Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 / 0511 / 0991). The full-colour exam preparation and practice book contains four guided practice tests, audio and video to build confidence ready for the revised exam from 2019. It takes an active learning approach with a test-teach-test methodology. This encourages students to think about how they are developing language skills, helping them progress. Full sample answers with examiner comments and grades are included to help students understand what is required in the writing and speaking exams. This is part of the Cambridge IGCSE ESL toolbox of resources - the widest choice of resources for this qualification.
Released on 2003Categories Juvenile Nonfiction

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

Author: Neil Clark

Publisher: DK Children

ISBN: 0789495899

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 493

Offers an overview of dinosaurs, describes the varieties currently known, and explains how scientists gather information about dinosaurs.
Released on 2000-02Categories Animals, Fossil

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

Author: McGraw-Hill

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN: 1577687655

Category: Animals, Fossil

Page: 32

View: 745

This series of reference books covers the topics kids love and study as special units in school. Each softcover book contains 32 full-color pages and a CD-ROM in sleeve.