Blogs & Videos: The Field Revealed

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

Video: Dear Benjamin Walsh

On the shelves of the Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room at The Field Museum's library, there are 18 original letters written by Charles Darwin. They are part of Darwin's extensive correspondence and in 1948 the Museum received them as part of Benjamin D. Walsh's entomology library. Walsh, a British immigrant based in Illinois, was a self taught scientist who admired Darwin's theory of evolution. During his last five years of life, Walsh exchanged several letters with Darwin in which they shared personal stories as well as scientific findings. Thanks to the Library's efforts, these letters are now part of the Darwin Correspondence Project's digital archive.

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.

Video: Na Bula, Fiji's Crown of Thorns

Josh Drew has done most of his research in Fiji and this has allowed him to get an intimate understanding of Fijian culture. Acanthaster planci is the scientific name for a starfish know as the Crown of Thorns and that in Fijian is called 'Na Bula'. Enjoy an interesting story about a starfish that can play a major role in it's ecosystem and how Josh's research has been benefited by sharing with local communities in Fiji.

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