Preparator Bios: Norm Wuerthele

Norm semi-retired in 2010 and now works part-time at the museum.


Where are you from?
Pittsburgh, PA

What’s your degree?
BA History

How long have you been a preparator?
since the 1960s

What fieldwork have you done?
Pleistocene fossils of the Northeast, excavation of Triassic dinosaurs, collection of mammalian fossils from the Paleogene of North America

What’s the hardest part of being a preparator?
not being able to take time to explain to the public what we're working on

Of all the fossils you’ve worked on, what was your favorite?
casting the entire skeleton of Diplodocus carnegii

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