Evolutionary Biology

Video: Cloud Rat

 Philippine researcher Danny Balete and Curator of Mammals Larry Heaney have been working together in the Phillipines for many years. Join Danny and Larry as they look at a cloud rat specimen that was collected in the late 1940's and explain the value of having such specimens in the collection. Thanks to Danny and Larry's research, new species of mammals are still being discovered in the Philippines and new conservation initiatives are taking place.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 47 - DNA Residency Showcase

For the past two summers, youth who participated in the DNA Research Summer Residency planned, filmed, and edited short videos on the genetic research they conducted with Museum scientists.  All participants were trained in molecular biology laboratory methods and equipment used in The Field Museum’s Pritzker Lab/Rice DNA Discovery Center, gathered data relevant to current research programs, and learned about all aspects of the scientific method.

Video: Turtle Ants

Corrie Moreau is an Assistant Curator of Insects at The Field Museum and part of her research focuses on understanding the life history of turtle ants (Cephalotes varians). This species of ants is remarkable because of their dish-like heads that act as living doorways. In other words, large workers of turtle ants can use their heads to block the entrance of their nests and thus preventing intruders from coming in.

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