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15 of the wildest animal specimens I saw hidden underneath one of the world's largest natural history museums

Scientists embalm and store millions of odd bats, snakes, fish, Komodo dragons, and other species in jars and tanks in the Field Museum's basement.

Jars of embalmed snakes at Chicago's Field Museum.Clancy Morgan/Insider
  • I've visited the Field Museum for 21 years and finally got to tour one of its hidden collections.
  • Researchers preserve and store 11 million wet specimens in the basement.
  • Here are some of the most valuable, impressive, and odd specimens of the bunch. 
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