Crediting the money men, not the technology people

One of the places we always take visitors is the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. It's a world-class museum, full of world's-largest this and the world's largest that. One of the cool things they now have is a baby apatosaurus:
Of course, an exhibit like this doesn't just happen.  A few bones are found and they are combined (painstakingly) into the structure on display. The skeleton is never completely intact, so missing pieces have to be created.

I happen to know the person in whose lab the bones were pieced together and where the missing pieces were manufactured.  Hundreds of thousands of man-hours and sophisticated technology solutions went into creating the skeleton.

But is that work even mentioned in the credits (see below)? No, only the money men are mentioned. And people wonder why young people do not go into STEM fields. Well, duh. Ambitious people want respect, but in America, it's a catch-22. Science doesn't pay well, and scientific contributions are not publicly appreciated to the level that monetary contributions are.

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