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Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life: Exhibiting Prehistory at the American Museum of Natural History
This essay examines the exhibition of dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Dinosaurs provide an especially illuminating lens through which to view the history of museum display practices for two reasons: they made for remarkably spectacular exhibits; and they rested on contested theories about the anatomy, life history, and behavior of long-extinct animals to which curators had no direct observational access. The Americandoi:10.1086/667969 pmid:23286187 fatcat:ounvkc77qvgv5f3wgqesq7jcia