Focus: Fossil Fishes

Focus: Fossil Fishes

The fossil fish collection of The Field Museum is one of the two largest in North America. It contains over 30,000 specimens from localities all over the world ranging in age from Ordovician to Pleistocene in age.

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    Lance Grande

    Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator Integrative Research Center
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    William Simpson

    Head of Geological Collections; Collections Manager, Fossil Vertebrates Gantz Family Collections Center

Focus: Fossil Fishes Collections

A Charles Knight mural depicting an ice age scene with a herd of woolly mammoths and two woolly rhinoceros making their way across the frozen plain.

Photo Archives - Charles Knight Collection

In the early 1920s, among Knight's great admirers was Dr. George Kunz, the renowned gemologist for Tiffany. Visiting Knight's studio, Kunz was struck by the fact that The Field Museum did not own any of Knight's work. Dr. Kunz worked with Knight's daughter Lucy, to secure a contract to create his biggest commission yet: a series of 28 murals to enclose the Museum's new fossil hall. The murals show the development of life on earth, from its earliest origins through the ages of amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Knight and Lucy traveled to Chicago in 1926 to begin the project.