Behind the scenes at the Field Museum in Chicago


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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.

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.

The Field Museum is an incredible place to teach kids about thescience of natural history, but did you know scientists come fromall over the world to study the thousands of specimens the publicnever gets to see?

Recently, Bill Stanley, the Field’s collection manager for thedivision of mammals, gave Chicago Parent a behind-the-scenes lookat the museum’s mammal specimen collections and how something likea chipmunk can go from roadkill to research participant.

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum – Research


Two sets of doors protect the Field Museum’s collections fromthe home of the Dermestid Beetle Colony. These small black bugsfeast on rotting carcasses, but leave behind perfectly cleanedskeletons-exactly what the Field needs.

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum – Flesh Eating Beetles


“We want this speciman to be just like this 500 years fromnow.”

Now, cataloguing is done digitally, but the museum still haslogs from as long as 100 years ago.

“Now we can get DNA from little snips of skin-a squaremillimeter-from specimens collected in Oklahoma Indian territory inthe 1800s. The person who collected the specimens and preservedthem had no idea what DNA was or what it could be used for,”Stanley says.

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum – The Catalogue Room


After doing this story, I am able to add “held elephant’s jaw”to my list of accomplishments. It’s heavy. And really cool. It alsoanswers questions about how stories about mythical creatures cometo be.

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum – Elephant Jaws


Did you know that the flying squirrels we have in Chicago aredifferent than flying squirrels found in Africa? Did you know wehave flying squirrels in Chicago? Take a look at thesespecimens.

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum – Exploring the Catacombs


Bill Stanley’s advice for life? Do what you’re passionate about,and find a mentor. This is his story.

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum – Stoking Your Passion


Recently, Chicago Parent went to the Field Museum, where BillStanley, the museum’s collection manager for mammals, took us on atour of flesh eating beetles, and centuries old elephants andflying squirrels. We were amazed by the broad reach of the FieldMuseum collection.

“The bird collection here was used to figure out why CaptainSullenberger had to put down his plane in the Hudson River a few
years ago. They had to figure out what type of bird it was and
whether that bird was resident or migrant,” Stanley says. “They had
to take DNA from the specimens here to answer that question.”

Each slide below has a short, fascinating video of some of thespecimens that will never make it out onto the Field’s displayfloor – but that might be crucial to a discovery 500 years fromnow. Click through and enjoy.

Video recording and editing by: Kevin McCarey and CoreyMcCarey With contributions by: Liz DeCarlo

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum


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