Blogs & Videos: The Field Revealed

Explore the treasures of The Field Museum's collections with The Field Revealed video series.

Video: The Birds and the Trees

Are condors more closely related to hawks or to storks?  New research constantly changes our understanding of how birds are related to each other.  At the Field Museum, Shannon Hackett, John Bates, and Dave Willard keep close eyes on avian systematics, the study of evolutionary relationships among birds.  In the past few years, Shannon has collaborated with researchers from other institutions on the Early Bird project to ask big-picture question of how all birds fit on the avian tree of life.

Video: A Sea Monster Named Jim

Olivier Rieppel and Jim Holstein tell the tale of the giant Lizard Eating Sovereign of the Sea (named Jim!). Touted as the "T. rex of the Sea," the Triassic sea monster was unearthed and brought back to The Field Museum where we hope to learn more about this new species. Research into this fascinating creature may teach us something about biodiversity crises and the recovery of ecosystems, both past and present.

Video: Discovering New Plant Species in the Amazon

We're excited to present the first Field Revealed episode to highlight the Field Museum's rapid inventory work! This week's episode comes all the way from from Peru where local intrepid researchers have been carrying out "rapid inventories" with the Field Museum's Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) teams.  Rapid inventories are swift surveys of species diversity in remote areas--information which is then provided to local communities as a tool for them to build conservation and education efforts.

Video: Out Takes 2012

In the second season of The Field Revealed, staff members from the Museum continued to share their stories, as well as a few more candid moments.  We hope you enjoyed watching the series as much as we enjoyed producing it.  Take a look at the past year's "Out Takes" and have a laugh with us!

Video: A Special Thank You

With your generous support we have provided resources and programs for over 575,000 students, impassioned and trained the next generation of scientists, trained and provided critical resources to Chicago Public School teachers, discovered new species and new truths about our human ancestors, presented world-class exhibitions on critical environmental and cultural issues, and translated museum science into lasting results for conservation and cultural understanding.

Video: We Are All Stardust

When a meteor hits the earth, there is the possibility that it brings something very rare along with it:  cosmic stardust older than our Solar System.   Dr. Philipp Heck uses a combination of astronomy, geosciences and chemistry, to hunt for these presolar grains, which offer glimpses into our galaxy's past.  Read more about Philipp's research and the Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies.

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