Prerogative of Harlots is a blog about museums and museum collections, with an occasional seasoning of paleontology and a lot of really ill-informed musings.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yet Another Peabody Blog
Ariel Revan, a senior major in the Geology and Geophysics Department, recently retuned from a week long trip to Switzerland, where she was looking at the skeletal anatomy of Stegosaurus. Her work will feed into the remounting of our stegosaur skeleton at the Peabody, which we're hoping to do as part of the fossil hall renovations. You can read about her trip here. Do you think there's nothing more to learn about such a familiar dinosaur? Well, read on....
Rudyard Kipling said that power without responsibility is the prerogative of harlots. Some cynics say that it is also the prerogative of museum curators. I am not one of those cynics, as the last 15 years of working either as a museum curator or with museum curators has left me with nothing but respect for... oh, who I am trying to kid? Anyway, after time spent managing natural history collections in Oxford and New York, I now look after the vertebrate paleontology collections for a large university museum. One thing to understand about me is that while I like fossils, I don't actually *love* fossils. This is an important distinction. If you love fossils, you probably need to go get some help. Seriously.