All Collections Blog Posts

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

This post is devoted one of the Peabody Museum's illustrious progenitors, Charles Emerson Beecher. He was born in Dunkirk, NY in 1856. While the geographic setting of one's hometown does not...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:20am

I'm not one to blow my own horn, but as this was a collaborative project, co-written with my colleague Marilyn Fox and with help from a small army of Peabody and Yale staff - I think I can get...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:25am

It's been a while since I last posted on the subject of the Peabody fossil halls project, which is not to say that we've been doing nothing - architects have been engaged, designers are being...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:27am

The Burgess Shale is an amazing deposit. Since its discovery at the turn of the last century, it has been our window into an amazing explosion of life during the Late Cambrian. Organisms living in...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:31am

This one's for you, Dan!

What are the differences between brachiopods and bivalves, and how do you tell them apart?
The first thing one might notice if looking at them from a...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:34am

This may not be as exciting a post as the one about the internal differences between these two groups, but it has lots of useful tips for any budding paleontologists who want to know if they've...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:38am

A couple of weeks ago a colleague sent me a post from the Center for the Future of Museums blog about a new exhibit that is being planned for the Peabody. It's called "Big Food" and its about...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:39am

Climb in a cab at New Haven’s Union Station and say you’re going to the Peabody Museum and I guarantee that you will probably have a conversation that goes something like this:

“...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 10:23am

Most museum paleontology galleries follow one of three well-trodden themes. These are:

1) A Walk Through Time. The layout of the gallery follows the progression of geological time. I...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 10:28am

When I was a kid, my big brother, Peter, was the proud owner of a set of bound magazines called Knowledge that were published in the early 1960s - the idea was that you collected them and...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 10:31am

August Krantz began his fossil shop in Freiburg, Germany in 1833. Through personal relationships with important scientists and collectors of the day, August Krantz amassed a sizable and diverse...

Posted on: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 10:53am

I've spent the last couple of weeks having my first experience of teaching at Yale. Naively, having tutored a small army of Oxford undergraduates in during my time there, I thought that Yale...

Posted on: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 4:17pm