CHICAGO (CBS) — Later this year, the Field Museum of Natural History will begin displaying rare fossil meteorites that were embedded in a sea bed a half billion years ago.
They were found in a limestone quarry in Sweden in the 1950s. They sat in an office for three decades until an expert noticed them and determined they’re meteorites.
Now in the possession of the museum, they’ll go on display later this year.
Dr. Philipp Heck, a Field Museum meteorite expert and the Associate Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies, gave the media a sneak preview on Wednesday.
“What you see here are four fossil meteorites. Fossil meteorites are extremely rare. They were deposited a long time ago – in this case 500 million years ago – into a sea bed,” he said.