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Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums Illustrated Edition
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About the Author
Lance Grande is the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, where he conducts research on fishes, paleontology, and evolutionary biology. He is the author of more than one hundred books and scientific articles, including The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Scenes from Deep Time and Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World.
- Item Weight : 2.82 pounds
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 022619275X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0226192758
- Dimensions : 9.8 x 7 x 1.7 inches
- Publisher : University of Chicago Press; Illustrated edition (March 21, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #484,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is divided into short, tightly-focused chapters separated by groups of color plates which are far superior to the illustrations in Fortey, but at least half of which are hardly necessary. The end notes are in many ways the most enlightening and valuable part of the book.The fairly detailed account of the legal fiasco surrounding the infamous T. rex skeleton "SUE" (it's supposed to be capitalized) is another high point. Grande does have harsh words for the gross overreach of a careerist Federal prosecutor who precipitated the crisis. Those harsh words are richly deserved. The multiplication of bureaucratic hurdles has made museology a much different trade than it used to be. A great many of us would much rather brave the hazards of field work in dicey places than brave the perils of incomprehensible and irrational regulations and infinitely time-wasting paperwork. Grande, Fortey and I are in agreement on that point!
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I read it on my Kindle and I must say that the images would have been way more beautiful in color, but of course it's a hardware limitation, not anything that the author could've changed.