A slide show of short, fascinating video of some of the specimens that will never make it out onto the Field's display floor - but that might be crucial to a discovery 500 years from now. Click through and enjoy.
"We want this speciman to be just like this 500 years from now."
Now, cataloguing is done digitally, but the museum still has
logs from as long as 100 years ago.
"Now we can get DNA from little snips of skin-a square millimeter-from specimens collected in Oklahoma Indian territory in the 1800s. The person who collected the specimens and preserved them had no idea what DNA was or what it could be used for," Stanley says.