What’s in a name? For scientists, a lot—figuring out the different species in the tree of life can help in conservation efforts. But a new study by an international group of researchers including the Field Museum illuminating different yeast species could be crucial in AIDS treatments. Read more about Fungus, Family Trees, and Fatal Disease
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Peregrine Falcons have their share of claims to fame—with a diving speed of over 200 miles per hour, they’re the fastest animals in the world, and they’ve adapted from living on rocky cliffs to a different kind of “mountain”: Chicago’s skyscrapers. But in 1951, there were none left in Illinois, and it looked as if the species would be wiped out of North America entirely. Today, thanks largely to the Chicago Peregrine Program headed by The Field Museum’s Mary Hennen, Peregrines are flourishing to the point that they’re no longer in immediate danger. Read more about Peregrine Falcons Removed from IL Endangered List
Pop quiz—what kinds of animal mothers feed their babies before birth? The first (and maybe only) ones to come to mind are probably mammals like us—moms-to-be funnel nutrients from their blood supply right to their developing embryos through an organ called the placenta; the moms literally “eat for two.” That’s a different kind of nourishment than you see in most other animals—the majority lay eggs with a nutritious yolk for the embryo to use as it develops. Read more about New Discoveries in How Animal Moms-to-Be Feed Their Babies
“Life, uh, finds a way.” Any Field Museum fan worth their salt probably remembers the scene in Jurassic Park where Jeff Goldblum’s character explains that even though all the dinosaurs in the park are female, they might still find a way to reproduce. But this isn’t science fiction—Field Museum scientists have recently helped discover that smalltooth sawfish, critically endangered shark relatives, sometimes reproduce through “virgin birth.” Read more about Sawfish “Virgin Birth” Discovery
Wherein Isobel and Maria show us the ropes -- or nets -- for surveying fishes in the Amazon. The distribution of fish in tropical river systems is important to understanding how animals move around these waterways. Where there are big fish -- like the electric eel -- we know there must be an ample supply of prey species, too!
Read more about An Electric Eel and a Caiman
Check out these extra bits and pieces from our How To Taxidermy a Squirrel episode -- and be sure to check out our Indiegogo campaign! Read more about How To Taxidermy A Squirrel: Part II
YOU can be a part of The Field Museum's History -- Donate to the #ProjectHyenaDiorama and help the hyenas !! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-hyena-diorama Read more about Project Hyena Diorama: IndieGoGo Campaign!
Wherein Emily and Anna learn taxidermy from Katie Innamorato, founder of AfterlifeAnatomy! There are a number of significant differences between the art of taxidermy and the preparation of animal specimens for research. Join us as we gut it... together! Read more about How to Taxidermy a Squirrel
Not every part of the rainforest is filled with towering canopies! We discovered an area with trees only twice my height, and it took a couple of geologists to help us figure out why. Read more about Jungle Atop A Desert