Learn about Jessica Mohlman and her FMWIS project, “Southern Mexican Economic Botany”. Within the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, there is an excavation site by the name of El Palmillo, a hilltop terrace community which once held the residence of the Zapotec people. While this area was one of the driest in the Valley of Oaxaca, it had some of the largest populations after the Classic Period. The communities were able to survive due to drought resistant plants. These drought resistant plants were used for food, alcohol, medicine, and sources of fiber within this region. Read more about Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) Internships 2014 -- Jessica Mohlman
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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
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!
While many literature indexes are available online, taxonomic literature is often found in local journals or even hobbyist magazines not indexed by major academic publishing houses. This list attempts to remedy that by bringing together most references of importance to Neotropical plant taxonomy. Dates in parentheses indicate the dates of available online content at time of compiling the list, and not the publication dates of the journal. Journal titles in black are those for which no website was found. The following sources were very useful in compiling the list:
Read more about Journals of Neotropical Vascular Plant Taxonomy
Special thanks to Christine Niezgoda for showing us around the collection! I can't wait to start our musical band. Read more about The Economic Botanical Collection
Happy Holidays from The Brain Scoop team! Read more about The Nondenominational Holiday Botanical Celebration
A couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I wrote a paper in Science reporting some new findings on Amazonian forests. Some of the findings are actually just numbers, and one of those numbers is really big. It's the number of trees we think probably grow in the Amazon, and it's 390 billion. Read more about How many trees are there in the Amazon?
The Amazon rainforest is home to the world’s greatest plant diversity. But the vast extent and inaccessibility of Amazonian forests have, until recently, prevented scientists from answering one of the simplest questions about the Amazon – how many trees are out there? Read more about The Amazon’s Black Box
Nestled deep within the Escalera Mountains of Peru lies a piece of paradise that has awaited exploration by scientists for hundreds of years. Until now, scientists have been unable to set foot there due to the severe and isolated terrain: cloud-shrouded cliffs rise out of the Amazonian lowlands far from the main Andean range, crisscrossed with mountain creeks and waterfalls topping out on 7,500-foot ridges. Read more about Paradise Lost is Found in the Mountains of Peru
It sounds like a scenario straight out of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: “A father stands accused of murdering his baby daughter. A vital clue to where her body may be buried? The clump of plant-filled mud found on the bottom of his shoe. To identify the unique combination of species embedded in the muck, investigators call in botanists from The Field Museum....” Read more about Field Museum Assists in Murder Investigation