Fossil Fish, PT. III: The Preparation

Hey, we’re here back at The Field Museum with Akiko, who is the Fossil Preparator. – Yep! – And we are going to be working on some of the fish that we excavated from Wyoming. What’s next? So what kind of tools and things are necessary to prepare a fossil? – Well, you’re holding the […]

Healthy Oceans: Sustainable Seafood | California Academy of Sciences

♪ (intro music) ♪ Are you ready to order yet? No, I know I want seafood, but I want to make sure my order is sustainable, and I hear eating too much of some fish can be bad for me. I never thought about that before, I just thought fish was fish. Some are seriously […]

Aliens? Demon? Nope, it’s just a fish. [60 Second Specimens]

Guadalajara, Mexico, 1953. During a break from his expedition collecting insects, Field Museum research associate Dr. Charles H. Seevers was perusing an antique store when he came across a most unusual specimen. It was this alien-looking creature, with sunken eyes, a protruding mouth and horns, and a long, barbed tail. Is it a demon baby, […]

In Search of Fossil Fish

Welcome to Fossil Lake! The area I’m standing in right now is the largest and most complete representation of early Eocene life in the world, about 52 million years old. This area, during the early Eocene, was a lot like what modern Florida is today. You had crocodilians, you had paddlefish, all different kinds of […]

Squirrel McNastyface

*Emily and Anna sing The Brain Scoop theme* Coming to you from the basement of The Field Museum in front of a live studio audience: Anna Goldman, and Emily Graslie! Yay! – Hi! This is the grossest thing I’ve ever seen! I mean, he does not look like most of the other squirrels that we […]

Clearing and Staining Fishes

So we’re here with Dr. Caleb McMahan, who is the collection manager of Fishes here at the Field Museum, and today we’re going to be talking about clearing and staining. What is clearing and staining? Caleb: So, clearing and staining is a process where we take an entire specimen and we clear that specimen down […]