Evolutionary Biology

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.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 16 - Illinois 300 million years ago

300 million years ago Illinois was a swampy forest located near the equator.  Fossil charcoal from this and other areas can be used to study past extinction events and help us to understand the mass extinction event that is happening in our time.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 5 - The Emerging Pathogen Project

The Emerging Pathogens Project samples birds, small mammals, and their pathogens and parasites to study emerging threats to environments and human health.  This joint project between The Field Museum and University of Chicago's Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology will result in collections that can provide a baseline to study current and emerging diseases.

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