Smithsonian 175th Film Fest: Fossils

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How are those massive dinosaur mounts created at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History? What if some of the bones are missing? How do new technologies assist ​fossil preparators in their work?

On Friday, January 28, 2022, at 12 p.m. ET, join us for a screening of Putting Triceratops Together Again (2001). In the short videos in this series, the Museum’s paleobiology staff discussed how they used 3D scanning to restore, maintain, and better understand Hatcher, the world’s first ​skeletal mount of Triceratops to ever go on exhibit.  

Following the film, we’ll sit down for a conversation with fossil preparator Steve Jabo, one of the stars of the 2001 series, preparator Michelle Pinsdorf, and FossiLab volunteer Peter Finkel. Audiences will hear about how the Museum’s scientists learned more about the movements and behaviors of dinosaurs through 3D scanning and how that initial project informed the work that went into Deep Time, which opened in 2019. In exploring more about Deep Time, panelists will also discuss the functions of the FossiLab, where staff and volunteers prepare newly-collected fossils.

About the Smithsonian 175th Film Fest: Films from the Smithsonian Institution Archives

To celebrate the Smithsonian Institution’s 175th anniversary in 2021, the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives is hosting monthly programs featuring films from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The series will be hosted virtually between August 2021 and August 2022.

In addition to the film screenings, archivists, conservators, and subject experts will also provide some context to the videos, share a little about their work, and answer questions from the audience during the one-hour programs. These screenings will also be the first instance that the films have ever been screened online to the public.

There are multiple ways to watch. Audiences can either register for the webinar or tune into the livestream on our YouTube channel homepage.

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:00pm