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How is it that a Museum can have 1,200+ fossils of a particular species in its collection since the 1960's... and not even know what it is? For decades, it was thought the 'Tully monster' -- a bizarre animal that lived 307 million years ago -- was an invertebrate, like a kind of worm. But in March, Field Museum scientists helped finally crack the mystery of the monster, to reveal it's actually related to lamprey fish. BOOM.
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"The 'Tully monster' is a vertebrate," Nature, 16 March 2016. See the abstract here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v532/n7600/full/nature16992.html

For even more detailed information on the history of the Tully monster and other Mazon Creek fossils, watch 'Tully: Monster vs Method' https://vimeo.com/159254586

Want to know more about the Tully monster, and other specimens from this collection? Check them out on our website:
Fossil Invertebrates: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/node/5086

Paleobotany: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/node/5126

Big thanks to Scott Lidgard and Paul Mayer for entertaining one more interview about the Tully monster!
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We are back with Scott on the invertebrate paleontology department at the Field Museum.