Animals

What the Fish? Episode 20: Under the Ice

On February 15, 2013 a fireball exploded over the Chelyabinsk district of Russia. The shock wave caused significant damage and injuries to many in the area. This meteor was the largest object to fall on Earth in almost 100 years, with an estimated mass of about 11,000 metric tons. On April 9, The Field Museum received several pieces of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite totaling about two pounds thanks to a generous donation from meteorite collector Terry Boudreaux.

The Egg Book cometh

These days, “digitization” is a frequently heard word around the museum.  Through the years, there have been some interesting projects that bring natural history specimens to more people through pictures (see for example the on-line archive of the Berlin negatives of type plant specimens).  We are doing a project in the Bird Division we call “The Egg Book.”  It is a project that is being done with Ivy Press as part of a series of books they have completed in collaboration with the University of Chicago Press which includes The Book of Leaves and The Book of Fungi.  Our book is progressing on a rapid schedule.  It will showcase the eggs of 600 species of birds, most of which will come from our collection, but not all as I talk about below.

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