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When I begin to tell friends and family what it is I do at the Peabody, it usually goes the same way:  As soon as I’m finished saying “...a project restoring a collection of plaster fish...

Posted on: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 4:27pm

It all started (at least on my end) with reading a post on the CT birdlist about some Nelson’s Sparrows at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center in Milford, CT. At the bottom of the post was a...

Posted on: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:46am

Working in a natural history museum (or any museum), there are a number of truths that you learn early on. Not all collections spaces are made equal and the collections will ALWAYS grow. As...

Posted on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 3:31pm

In 1865 O.C. Marsh visited Newark, Ohio to excavate a mound and published his findings in an article entitled “Description of an Ancient Sepulchral Mound near Newark, Ohio.”  During his visit...

Posted on: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 1:59pm

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, around nine o’clock in the morning, the phone on my desk rang. I picked up and the voice at the other end said it was Sgt. Brian Boutote from the Wolcott Police...

Posted on: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 12:11pm

Todays blog comes to you from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. I have officially started to blog about some of the things that I do at work. Historic Scientific Instruments (HSI) is one...

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:04am

As we swelter through another Northeastern summer, and read the media reports about global warming, it's hard to comprehend that the Earth is actually much cooler than it was at the end of the...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:00am

A number of modern and fossil sponges made their homes inside the shells of other organisms. Rather than taking an empty gastropod (snail) shell like a hermit crab, these sponges literally move...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:06am

Some weeks ago, I met with two of my colleagues Laura Friedman and Lowell Dingus, to begin work on selecting mammal fossils for the Cenozoic gallery. Like me, Laura and Lowell are both "alumni" ("...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:09am

The latest edition of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology contains not one, but two papers on the resolutely unglamorous topic of growth series. This was a sufficiently momentous occasion that...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:16am