Science at FMNH : Ep. 44 - African Paleontology

The Permian and Triassic periods (approximately 299 to199 million years ago) are critical times in Earth history. Among the many important events that occurred during this interval is the largest mass extinction in Earth history. In 2009, Dr. Ken Angielczyk and an international team of scientists explored for and excavated fossils throughout Zambia to gain new insight into the causes of and recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction in terrestrial vertebrate-dominated communities.

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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