Do you think Science is as exciting as a dead light bulb? Well, meet the beetles. The Field Museum of Natural History uses flesh-eating beetles (Dermestes vulpinus) to clean skeletons that may very well be new species to science! These unpaid laborers are the best way to clean the skulls that are necessary to test scientific hypotheses that range from how to prevent infectious diseases to what forests in the Amazon are the most important to save. Think of it...the same beetles you find on dead squirrels in Illinois forest preserves are harnessed so that scientists from around the world can figure out what makes this planet tick!
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