Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Field" trip!


A short trip to the Field Museum of Natural History last week brought our class up-close-and-personal with the 4 million pinned (and 8 million wet) specimens they have. Jim Boone showed us around the collections, while Corrie Moreau gave us a excellent tour of the molecular phylogenetics facility and told us all about her work on ant evolution.

To round everything out, scientific illustrator and watercolor artists Peggy MacNamara showed us some of her current work in her in situ museum studio. We looked at originals from her book Illinois Insects & Spiders as well as some from a couple forthcoming books as well. All around, quite a nice "Field Trip" (sorry, couldn't help it!)


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