Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum recently opened a 2,500-year-old sarcophagus as part of a restoration and stabilization project, revealing the "blackened toes" of its 14-year-old male mummy. They're totally gross. So see them after the jump!
An animal skeleton is made up of hundreds of tiny bones, many of which are too fragile to be handled by human hands. That's why many osteology departments at museums have a special team exclusively devoted to the careful cleaning of these specimens: A colony of millions of flesh-eating beetles.
Delia Akeley is probably best remembered as a "wife-of," having spent two decades married to famed taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley. But Delia was a fascinating adventurer in her own right, an early primatologist, anthropologist studying the pygmy peoples of Belgian Congo, and skilled museum-backed…