"Grover Krantz (1931-2002) was known as a teacher, a loving pet owner, an eccentric anthropologist, and the first serious Bigfoot academic. Seven years after losing a battle to pancreatic cancer, Krantz’s reputation is still well preserved, in more ways than one. His skeleton and that of his giant Irish Wolfhound Clyde are now on display at the 5,000 square foot exhibition “Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake,” which opened last Saturday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History."—from the Smithsonian website
“I certainly hope that no one looks to this exhibit for information on the correct positioning of the dog’s shoulder blades; I’ve owned sight hounds for many years, and never have I had an animal who’s shoulder blades traveled to this position on the body when the animal stood upright … in this photograph, the dog’s shoulder blades are pushed all the way back parallel to the animal’s spine and upper rib cage. Wrong!”—Rick Smith
“I am quite shocked that the esteemed Smithsonian would allow on display such a poorly reconstructed skeleton of a dog (i.e, the Irish Wolfhound above). The shoulder assembly is all wrong, with the scapula located mid-ribcage! Excuse me? Canine anatomy 101 needs to be reviewed and the dog skeleton on display adjusted. Or should we next expect the dear Doctor’s ulna to be attached to his clavicle.”—Lynn Reagan-Hull
The shoulder assembly is most problematic, though there are other details—note how the esteemed doctor leans in to the dog in the lower photo. His head is over his own feet, not behind them.
Does this seem like a trivial mistake? It is significant to anyone who knows dogs, and certainly to anyone who values scientific accuracy. We should be able to trust that those entrusted with assembling a skeleton would have enough knowledge to assemble it correctly, or the good sense to do necessary research.