Specimen Preparation

Video: We Are All Stardust

When a meteor hits the earth, there is the possibility that it brings something very rare along with it:  cosmic stardust older than our Solar System.   Dr. Philipp Heck uses a combination of astronomy, geosciences and chemistry, to hunt for these presolar grains, which offer glimpses into our galaxy's past.  Read more about Philipp's research and the Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies.

Video: Plant Mounting

When botanists from The Field Museum collect plants in the field, before archiving them in the collections, these plants need to be prepared and mounted properly. The latter is Darlene's job. Although this process is very artistic, it still follows specific parameters so scientists can study these plants in the future.

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