The Field Museum is putting the behind-the-scenes work of its scientists front and center in a new program called Science Newsflash.
"It is normal for museums to take months or even years to display new findings," Museum President Richard Lariviere said in a statement. "We want our visitors to have access much sooner."
Currently on display as part of Science Newsflash are pieces of the Chelyabinsk Russian meteorite, donated to the museum earlier this month, as well as the skull, vertebrae pieces and teeth of a newly-discovered species of 244-million-year-old fossil Thalattoarchon saurophagis, an Ichthyosaurs dinosaur known as the "T. Rex of the Sea." A team of Field Museum scientists discovered the fossil in the Nevada desert in 1998; it was recovered a decade later.
Both items are expected to be on display for up to three months.