Blogs & Videos: The Field Revealed

Explore the treasures of The Field Museum's collections with The Field Revealed video series.

Video: Cloud Rat

 Philippine researcher Danny Balete and Curator of Mammals Larry Heaney have been working together in the Phillipines for many years. Join Danny and Larry as they look at a cloud rat specimen that was collected in the late 1940's and explain the value of having such specimens in the collection. Thanks to Danny and Larry's research, new species of mammals are still being discovered in the Philippines and new conservation initiatives are taking place.

Video: Gilded Lady, The Mummy

Using state of the art technology, Anthropologists from The Field Museum had the opportunity to examine Egyptian mummies for the first time. Check out the amazing images that they produced using a portable medical CT scanner. These mummies have been part of the Museum collections for many years and thanks to proper conservation methods, researchers are now able to work with them without causing any damage.

Video: Night Shift with Mr. Harwa

Michael Carter has worked at The Field Museum for almost 10 years. He is one of the security officers who take care of the Museum at night, and he makes sure that nothing "moves"... During his rounds, Micheal enjoys walking through the "Inside Ancient Egypt" rooms and pondering the life of the mummies that are part of this breathtaking exhibit. Join him!

Video: Meet Kipunji

The Kipunji is an enigmatic primate that was discovered by scientists in 2005. Its discovery not only meant a new species to science but the description of a new genus of African monkey. The mammal collection at The Field Museum has the only specimen of this species and Bill Stanley the Negaunee Collection Manager is in charge of taking care of it. Join Bill in this intriguing story and learn why the Kipunji is so special.

Video: Conserving Sticky

J. P. Brown is the Regenstein Conservator for Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum and his job is to maintain and preserve the objects housed in our Anthropology collections. In this case, JP is using CT Scan technology to understand how the figure of a seated man from the Pacific island of Malekula (Republic of Vanuatu) was constructed. By revealing the different layers that make this fascinating handcraft, JP will be able to make decisions on how to store it properly so future generations can also enjoy it and keep preserving it.

Video: The Tully Monster

The fossil invertebrate collection at The Field Museum holds some amazing specimens of the Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium). These rare fossils were first discovered by an amateur fossil collector and it still remains a mystery what type of animal it is. Join Collections Manager Paul Mayer as he tells this fascinating story and get a glimpse of what the Tully Monster may have looked like.

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