Mammal Monday, Chital. This deer commonly inhabits wooded regions of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and in small numbers in Pakistan. The coat is permanently spotted like a fawn.

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Detail of the Chital or Axis Deer from diorama, Central India, Zoology specimen 25702.

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If women see STEM positions as inhospitable working environments, online or otherwise, then it is our responsibility to work toward creating inclusive environments conducive to work by all. YouTube is only part of a much larger struggle toward equality in the workplace.

In my experience, I have been asked everything from if I have a stylist, to if I dress “nerdy” to better fit in my “role,” to what my reaction would be if approached to pose for Playboy. Scientists who take pride in their appearance should not also have to worry about their discoveries and accomplishments being undermined by questions about where they get their clothes or if they would consider increasing the popularity of their published works by taking those clothes off.

If we want to see diversity in these fields, there has to be a conscious rejection of and intolerance toward remarks in the media that diminish these achievements.


Emily Graslie of science YouTube channel “The Brain Scoop” who recently fired back at some YouTube trolls for paying more attention to her appearance than the subject matter in this video which went viral late last year.

In the late 20’s Early 30’s there was a class at the Art Institute of Chicago that had its students come to the Field Museum to study and draw inspiration from our collections. This is one of many pieces featured in a book of their drawings. Today we have a similar program with artist in residence Peggy Macnamara who is also a teacher at the Art Institute. You will often see students in chairs sketching away.

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Black and white drawings of butterflies and beetles with decorative borders. Research Design in Nature plate.

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Field Museum resurrects ancient Peruvian beer - Chicago
Peruvian purple corn and pink peppercorn — a berry — were key ingredients.

A couple of Chicago brewers have re-created a beer first produced more than a millennium ago by a group of cloistered women who worked atop a mountain in the Andes range of Peru.

The first step for John Laffler and David Bleitner, the pair behind Off Color Brewing, was to pick the brain of Field Museum archeologist Ryan Williams, who unearthed an ancient high altitude brewery in 2004.

Their collaboration resulted in a beer named Wari, after the people who first made it, that will debut March 3 at the museum’s Field Bistro and hit shelves at Chicago liquor stores days later.

“They wanted to know everything and asked, ‘How would they have done this? And how would they have done this,’” Williams recalled.

The brewers learned that scientists were able to reverse engineer the ancient beer recipe through a molecular analysis of the vessels used in the brewing process. Peruvian purple corn and pink peppercorn — a berry — were key ingredients.

The brewers had imported Peruvian corn ground by North Side bake shop Baker Miller.

But their zeal for historical accuracy stopped short of wearing women’s clothes and locking themselves in their Logan Square brewing facility during the fermentation process.

The beer itself has a purple and reddish hue and contains citrus and black pepper flavors that combine for a “very biting character,” Laffler said.

“It’s one of those things where it looks good on paper and you cross your fingers that it tastes good and fortunately this one turned out pretty well,” he said.

Beer served an important role in the Wari empire, which preceded the Incan, Williams said.

“Beer was one of the great ways they were able to bring the masses together and keep people loyal to the state in some respect,” Williams said. “Because people knew that if they rebelled they would lose the ability to attend these great status-ranking parties. An analogy might be like a White House dinner. You want to be invited back, so you will continue to be faithful to the power structure.”

It’s not Off Color’s first time partnering with the Field Museum. In 2013 they produced “Tooth and Claw,” a pilsner style beer inspired by the T-Rex skeleton lovingly known as Sue.


ehmeegee thebrainscoop I opened my college newspaper today and freaked out when I saw that you are in it!! Bill Nye just did a lecture at my small college, Elmhurst College, and the article recommends The Brain Scoop, MinutePhysics, and Veritasium as things to watch if you’re a Bill Nye fan! I’ve never been more proud of my newspaper; they really did their research!


Some fabrication work from the Field Museum’s “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” Traveling Exhibit from 2010…

These images will give a notion about what we do: we design and create art for museum exhibits–animals that look real, immersive environments, dioramas, sculpture, murals, metal and carpentry….

This tumblr will be used as a casual feed of candid and progress photos from our shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you would like to learn more about our company and the work we do, check out our main website at


I’m proud to announce that the line art of several pieces of my art for The Brain Scoop will used as coloring sheets for those who visit The Brain Scoop’s table at this year’s Members’ Night at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

I’ve been a big fan of The Brain Scoop and everything that Emily Graslie has been doing to further the discussion of and interest in Science and Museum Culture since before the show actually existed as a thing.  I’m thrilled to be able to be a part of their presentation this year in some capacity and am excited to see how folks color my work (seriously, I get such a kick out of this idea).

So, if you happen to be going to the Field Museum’s Members’ Night, be sure to check out The Brain Scoop’s table (and make sure to pick up some coloring sheets while your there)!

(P.S.  Thanks for reaching out to me for this, Emily.  You rock!)

Vesta was a life size model of a Great Dane used to teach people about the inner workings of their beloved pets. She was equipped with a recorded voice to give lectures about the structure of a dog.

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Woman and Vesta,World’s first transparent dog.

She was made for the Gaines dog research center of New York and toured America back in the 50’s. She was on display here from July 15th to Sept 15 1955.

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Quipu, Andean South America, 15th century. On exhibit in Ancient Americas.

Quipus were used by the Inca to store and transmit information. The quantity, color, and location of strands and knots likely recorded amounts of tributary goods. Some anthropologists argue that quipus may include other forms of documemtation like words or symbols, but have yet to decode them.

I thought it was about time we got a little more anthropological. :)
- Intern Katie

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Reticulated Giraffe for the Field Museum’s “Biomechanics: The Machine Inside” Exhibition

One side is realistic, the opposite side houses an interactive demonstration of the pressure required to pump blood all the way to the animal’s head, with liquid filled rubber “heart” sack and clear tubing showing the movement of blood up the neck.