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February 12th, 2013

The Field Museum has acquired six pieces of an extremely important Martian meteorite that was hurled into space about 700,000 years ago when Mars collided with an asteroid.

February 11th, 2013

Learn about the trilobite, Paradoxides that lived during the Cambrian Period, 510 million years old ago. 

February 08th, 2013

This specimen, UC 9705, was collected by F. W. Stokes in February, 1902. It is the lobster Hoploparia stokesi and it has the distinction of being the first fossil collected from Antarctica and scientifically described.

January 28th, 2013

From January 25-27, 2013 the Annual Presolar Grains Workshop was held in Chicago. At this informal gathering cosmochemists and astrophysicists met and talked about how the study of presolar grains can help improve our understanding of how stars work.

January 17th, 2013

On her birthday, kudus to the First Lady for trying to get people outside.

January 12th, 2013

The Field Museum is part of an amazing network with an important role to play.

January 11th, 2013

With disucssions ongoing, the attached may be of interest.

December 22nd, 2012

 

Robert A. Pritzker Assistant Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies Dr. Philipp R. Heck is co-author on a paper in the journal Science on the first results of the rare meteorite, Sutter’s Mill. On April 22 a very fast-moving fireball was observed over large parts of California and Nevada. Equivalent to four kilotons of TNT, the fireball was photographed, and recorded by video and by weather Doppler-radars. The photographs and videos helped to trace back its orbit to the far reaches of the outer part of the asteroid belt. The Sutter’s Mill meteorite was scrutinized by almost the entire arsenal of observational and analytical state-of-the-art tools available to scientists today.

 
December 14th, 2012

Curious about what a "type" is? Or why scientists care about the names of animals and plants? 

December 13th, 2012

"Museum" and "Science" go together when it comes to biological and cultural diversity

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