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Published on Sep 24, 2012
Museum artist Stephen C. Quinn describes the painstaking method used to display specimens in habitat dioramas. Following a method developed by legendary explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley, Museum artisans used the articulated skeleton of an animal as the base for a meticulously accurate sculpture, based on field measurements. That was then used as the template for a cast from which a lightweight "mannequin" was made.
The restored Hall of North American Mammals reopened October 2012.