from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who prepares specimens or exhibits for scientific study or display, as in a museum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who prepares specimens or exhibits
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who prepares beforehand, as subjects for dissection, specimens for preservation in collections, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who prepares or makes ready; a preparer; specifically, one who prepares anatomical subjects or specimens of natural history for study or exhibition; a prosector; a taxidermist.
- n. Same as amboceptor.
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For 18 years this has been the stomping ground of fossil "preparator" Steve Jabo, who is best described as one part artist, one part scientist.
Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal Rebecca Meah , a preparator at the museum, shaping a clay model of a Sauroposeidon.
If you love to work with your hands AND your mind, if you are thrilled at the opportunity to discover something new with every brush or tool stroke and if you take pride in accomplishing physical perfection in a specimen your paleontologist boss thinks is impossible...become a preparator!
In reality, both sub-disciplines academic paleontologist and preparator must spend all of their time keeping up with their own sub-disciplines if they expect to do their jobs well.
Paleontological knowledge often "trickles down" from the academic paleontologist to the preparator, but it is far less common for preparation knowledge to "trickle up".
I consider myself to be both a preparator and a vertebrate paleontologist.
It is essential that a preparator know as much as possible about paleontological research in order to do his/her job well...but there is seldom a real need for an academic paleontologist to know the techniques and materials of preparation unless they, saddly, have no "Jimmy Valentine" of their own to support their research.
Dr. Dan Chure is a qualified researcher but lacks the expertise of a preparator or collections manager; there is clearly no overlap of skills!
Once again, the management at DINO are angling to cut the heart out of the paleo program, this time by eliminating Scott Madsen's (preparator/lab manager) and Ann Elder's (collection management) positions.
So, is the geologist a paleontologist, a preparator, or a geologist?