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
Blogs & Videos: Fishes
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
Join us for Part II in our quest to uncover the tropical world of ancient Fossil Lake! Palm trees in Wyoming! Sex in the fossil record! Check out "Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time," by Lance Grande http://bit.ly/1p79CXv Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World, by Lance Grande: http://bit.ly/1dr59GM Read more about Fossil Fish, Pt. II: A History
Wherein we go on a fishing trip for 52-million year old fossils! The first in a series about the excavation of Fossil Lake, Wyoming. Check out "Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time," by Lance Grande http://bit.ly/1p79CXv Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World, by Lance Grande: http://bit.ly/1dr59GM Read more about In Search of Fossil Fish
Where biology and engineering meet: let's puzzle out what the function is for some of our specimens! QUIZ SHOW!
Huge thanks to Destin from Smarter Every Day for his help with this episode; stay tuned for more soon, and be sure to check out his channel!
http://www.youtube.com/smartereveryday Special Guests: Anna Goldman and Destin! Read more about What the Function? with Smarter Every Day!
From the salt-cured fish eggs of caviar to snails roasted in garlic, the human race has come up with many strange delicacies, some of which are offered locally. In fact, Chicago’s Chinatown is famous for offering products derived from dried shark fins, such as shark fin soup – a broth delicacy containing fibers of cartilage from shark fins. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding shark fin soup has little to do with its texture – several of the shark species from which the fins come are endangered or vulnerable, raising questions about their conservation. Read more about Sharks and Soup
Scientists are finding that some animals have a sense of where they came from – a homing device of sorts – and often return to their birthplace later in life. You may be familiar with this behavior in salmon; the migration of salmon from the ocean to their freshwater spawning habitat is one of the most extreme in the animal kingdom! This behavior is termed “natal philopatry”, which refers to animals returning to their own birthplace to give birth to their young. In the marine world, natal philopatry has been documented in salmon, seals, and some sea turtles; but for the first time, the phenomenon has been recognized in lemon sharks. Read more about Shark Sense