" ... on February 1 of the present year (1898), when, after an uncommonly severe storm of snow, rain, and sleet, a number of English sparrows [= House Sparrows, Passer domesticus] were brought to the Anatomical Laboratory of Brown University [, Providence, Rhode Island]. Seventy-two of these birds revived; sixty-four perished; ... " (p. 209). "... the storm was of long duration, and the birds were picked up, not in one locality, but in several localities; ... " (p. 212). Read more about Hermon Bumpus and House Sparrows
Blogs & Videos: Sciences
In which we set out and find fossil meteorites in time and space. Wait... meteorites can be fossilized?! Mind blown. Read more about Philipp Heck's meteoritical research and the arrival of fossil meteorites at The Field Museum! Thanks to Mario Tassinari for the loan of the fossil meteorites, and Birger Schmitz for pioneering this field. GET A TWO-FACED CALF SHIRT: http://dftba.com/product/1di/Two-Head Read more about Fossil Meteorites
Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) and Women's Board of The Field Museum are proud to offer the 2014 Women in Science Internships. The internships are hosted in many departments throughout the Museum and aim to give young individuals the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the sciences. The 2014 FMWIS Internship Program hosted three high school and three undergraduate paid Read more about FMWIS Internships 2014 -- Hannah Davis
Every year millions of sharks are slaughtered for their fins. The Field has developed new methods to identify some of these sharks to better enforce laws and help end the illegal trade. Science FTW! ------------------- Producer, Writer, Creator, Host: Emily Graslie Producer, Editor, Camera, Archive: Tom McNamara Theme music: Michael Aranda Created By: Hank Green Production Assistant: Katie Kirby ------------------ Read more about Shark Fin CSI
Weapons made with shark teeth from 100+ years ago are not only awesome, but they may also help us uncover clues about species distribution. Thank you to Chris Philipp for allowing us to film in the oversized Anthropology collection, and for letting us borrow the artifacts in this video for the shoot! Read more about Shark Weapons
Wherein we take an adventure into the deep oceans of history in pursuit of fossilized sharks. Shout-out to Bill Simpson for his help in the production of this video and lending us the fossilized shark specimens for the shoot! We want to thank Ray Troll (http://www.trollart.com/) for generously allowing us to incorporate his incredible illustrations in this video! Read more about Fossil Sharks
Welcome to five consecutive calendar days dedicated to programming about everyone's favorite cartilaginous fishes: the sharks! Special thanks to David Shiffman (@whysharksmatter) for his help, support, advice, and fun facts about sharks! Additional thanks to Joe Hanson (itsokaytobesmart) and the folks at PBS Digital Studios for helping to put this great series together. :) Read more about Why Sharks?
In 2008, I had an opportunity to help Mark Westneat Ph.D with construction of a Biomechanical model of a Dunkelosteous, a prehistoric fish, to test its bite strength. The model was filmed for an episode of History Channel’s series “Evolve”. We had a three-minute segment in the “Jaws and Claws” episode. We smashed all kinds of stuff in the jaws, and had a generally good time. The model is currently on display with the Field Museum’s exhibition, Biomechanics: The Machine Inside. Read more about Dunkbot
Field Museum scientists and colleagues have just released a new book, entitled The Book of Eggs. The book is a lifesize guide that introduces readers to six hundred bird species from around the world, whose eggs are housed mostly at The Field Museum. Readers will embark on a journey told through individual stories that highlight the strategies employed by birds to successfully reproduce through the fragile but colorful structure that is the egg. Read more about Book of Eggs
There is a room in the back areas of the museum where specimens are placed in order for them to be cleaned. Read more about Are There Really Bugs That Eat Flesh?