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. Read more about Video: The Tully Monster
On the shelves of the Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room at The Field Museum's library, there are 18 original letters written by Charles Darwin. They are part of Darwin's extensive correspondence and in 1948 the Museum received them as part of Benjamin D. Walsh's entomology library. Walsh, a British immigrant based in Illinois, was a self taught scientist who admired Darwin's theory of evolution. During his last five years of life, Walsh exchanged several letters with Darwin in which they shared personal stories as well as scientific findings. Thanks to the Library's efforts, these letters are now part of the Darwin Correspondence Project's digital archive. Read more about Video: Dear Benjamin Walsh
From tracking changes in ecosystems, to understanding climate change, to comprehending mass extinctions, museum collections are vital in understanding the history and future of our planet! Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 34 - Why are museum collections important?