Recently, Chicago Parent went to the Field Museum, where Bill Stanley, the museum's collection manager for mammals, took us on a tour of flesh eating beetles, and centuries old elephants and flying squirrels. We were amazed by the broad reach of the Field Museum collection. Here's a slide show of short, fascinating video of some of the specimens that will never make it out onto the Field's display floor - but that might be crucial to a discovery 500 years from now. Click through and enjoy.
We might spend our days trying to ignore thoughts of our death and transient fleshy existence, but the science of death is inseparable from the science of life – and just as interesting! In this Halloween special from Deep Look, we take a look at flesh-eating beetles, decomposition and the art of preserving dead animals.