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Yesterday I went to the annual Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago's Members Night with my Mom and a few friends. Despite being a longtime member of the Field Museum (aka the Best Museum in all of Chicago), I hadn't actually went to Member's night since I was 12. Let's just say that I really didn't regret a single moment going to member's nights yesterday...It was Awesome!!! 

 

I took perhaps hundreds of photos, so here are just some of the best highlights from the event.

 

Got to see the Museum's newly acquired 151-145 million year old Archaeopteryx specimen. This Archaeopteryx is one of only 13 confirmed fossil specimens and only the second specimen in the United States.

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Both the case/display they had for the specimen and the specimen itself are beautiful!!!

 

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The homing pigeon sized specimen (PA 830) was discovered in Jurassic aged deposits in a Solnhofen Limestone quarry in Bavaria, Germany and acquired by the Field Museum secretly in 2022.

 

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We got to see one of the third floor fossil prep labs and a true mother load of Awesome Mason Creek fossils!!!

 

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Afterwards we visited the Field Museum's greatest exhibit the Evolving Planet!!!:trilobite::dimetrodon::trex::Jumping:B)

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This includes visiting the 68-66 million year old Queen of the Museum itself, Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Finally, we visited the hall of gems and the behind the scenes fossil mammal collection. They have an excellent collection of mammal fossils dating 37.2-30.8 million year ago from the White River Formation of the Great Plains and Central Rocky Mountains area!!!:zen:B)

 

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This includes specimens of Protoceras.

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Elomeryx

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Archaeotherium ingens.

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Dinictis felina

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They even had Hyaenodon specimens!!!

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There were also Bear dog specimens!!!IMG_7704.thumb.jpg.a28ce1f365db35e3f79bf94ccae16bb6.jpg

 

 

Overall the members night was truly awesome! I'm excited to go again and I recommend you all visit the Field Museum soon too!!:zen::thumbsu:B)

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Great report and photos! I need to calendar a visit there. 

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Thanks for the pics, looks like it was a great trip.  The Field is one of my all-time favorite museums.

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"There is no shortage of fossils. There is only a shortage of paleontologists to study them." - Larry Martin

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