Blogs & Videos: Rocks

Mifflin Meteorite Results Published in Meteoritics & Planetary Science

The first scientific paper describing the almost local meteorite Mifflin that fell on April 14, 2010 in southwestern Wisconsin got published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The Robert A. Pritzker Assistant Curator for Meteoritics and Polar Studies Philipp Heck is a member of the international consortium who studied the space rock and co-author of the study. Pieces of Mifflin are on public display at the Field Museum and are part of the meteorite collection.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 19 - Antarctic Paleontology

255 million years ago all seven continents formed one super continent called Pangaea.  During this time, Antarctica was not a harsh snow and ice covered land, but a lush temperate environment teaming with plant and animal life.  Dr. Peter Makovicky and Dr. Nathan Smith in the Geology Department excavate and study the fossil remains of dinosaurs that lived here to better understand the evolution of life on Earth.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 17 - Wyoming 52 million years ago

52 million years ago Wyoming was a tropical forest. A lake bed from this tropical environment formed one of the world’s most productive fresh water fossil locations.  Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lance Grande has unearthed fossil fish, birds, plants, and reptiles from this area, and studied their implications for the evolution of many species alive today.

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