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Nearly 60 years ago, an amateur fossil collector named Francis Tully stumbled upon an incredibly peculiar fossil. The odd jumble of physical attributes – a tube-shaped body, eyes on stalks, and a long, skinny snout with a claw or jaw at the end – looked like they would be more at home in a Dr. Seuss book than in the swamps of Illinois.

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The Field Museum's extensive collection of fossils helped answer a scientific question about a bizarre, ancient creature.

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Uintatherium, Courtesy The Field Museum © AMNH/ D. Finn

Scientists from The Field Museum join us to talk about a new "extreme" exhibit that opens on Friday.