Focus: Fossil Mammals

Focus: Fossil Mammals

Fossil Mammals is the largest of the collections in Vertebrate Paleontology at Field Museum. Ken Angielczyk is Curator of Fossil Mammals and works on nonmammalian synapsids, a collection which is housed in the Fossil Reptile Collection for historical reasons.

In addition to this in-house research, the Fossil Mammal Collection is used extensively by researchers around the world though a very active loan program and visits to the collection.

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    William Simpson

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

Focus: Fossil Mammals 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.