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in New Haven, of course, to see their exhibits and most excitingly to go behind the scenes. The credit for this experience goes to the New York Paleontological Society and its officers who arranged the day. I think it’s cool that you can get a group of people together who are curious and knowledgeable about what occurred at a minimum 40 million years ago. One enthusiastic person in the group studies “evolutionary biology” for fun and makes money through random acting gigs.
Outside of the museum, to set the scene, there is a young Cretaceous garden, a torosaurus and dino tracks [one of CT’s claims to fame]. The museum has a permanent exhibit of mammal fossils, a small hall of human origins and a dinosaur hall. This hall is about to be revamped to show the modern posture of dinosaurs with feathers on the birdlike ones and a different tail orientation.
After lunch at the food trucks, we visited the offices and not on view collections of the Mineralogy Department, Paleobotany, Vertebrate Paleontology and Invertebrate Paleontology. The curator/scientist in charge of each department had pulled out a few prize specimens except for the Inverterbrate Paleo department where the curator gleefully pulled out drawers. What’s public in a museum is the tip of an iceberg. Each collection has its gems; my favorite was a skull pulled out of a stone used in a fence found when three boys were playing frisbee.

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