Sharks seem to have it all figured out, evolution-wise. Fossils of prehistoric sharks go all the way back to 450 million years ago, and sharks like the ones we know today emerged about 200 million years ago. This means that they survived the mass extinction that took out the dinosaurs and lived long before early human ancestors evolved less than two million years ago. So, what makes a shark a shark? Here are just a few of its unique physical features: Read more about What makes a shark a shark?
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Got a question? Give us a call! +1 (315) 367-2667 - aka 315-Em-Scoop !!! Coming to VidCon? Catch us there! Come see Emily and The Brain Scoop team at VidCon! June 23-25, Anaheim CA. Resources for yoooou! Online library resources/old books that you can see ONLINE FOR FREE!: http://biodiversitylibrary.org/ Read more about Ask Emily: Hotline Edition
Birds, butterflies, and bees might come to mind when you think about pollination: they carry pollen from male to female flowers, aiding in plant reproduction. But bats are also important pollinators with some special strengths. Read more about This mammal pollinator has a nose for flowers
There’s a lot to see in The Field Museum’s Evolving Planet exhibition—a rock bearing traces of life from a billion years ago, a seventy-two-foot-long Apatosaurus, a towering prehistoric giant sloth. But two new displays in the section on human evolution have been literally stopping visitors in their tracks. Two new sculptures, created by French paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès, give a breathtakingly lifelike look at human relatives—Homo ergaster and Homo neanderthalensis. Read more about Bringing Neanderthals to Life: The Sculptures of Elisabeth Daynès
These are just a few different ways that fathers from the animal kingdom stay involved as parents: Jawfishes jawfish.jpg Yellowhead jawfish. Photo via Flickr user Kevin Bryant. Read more about Dedicated animal dads that care for their young
Alepotrypa Cave is like a time capsule of life in Neolithic Greece. The cave lay undisturbed for 5,000 years before it was rediscovered in the 1950s, and Greek archaeologists started excavating the cave in the 1970s. Since 2010, Field Museum associate curator Bill Parkinson has collaborated with archaeologists in Greece to understand the significance of this space. Read more about Window to the past: Alepotrypa Cave
“Where do you get 100-million-year-old dinosaur blood?” asks Dr. Ellie Sattler, a character in the original “Jurassic Park” movie. In the film, dinosaurs are cloned from DNA preserved in amber. More specifically, from dinosaur blood inside mosquitoes that are trapped in the amber. Spoiler alert: things get a little out of hand as the cloned dinos wreak havoc on Isla Nublar. Read more about Revisiting “Jurassic Park”: Could dinosaurs really be cloned?
In 2015, a deep-sea discovery was described to be unlike anything else in the animal kingdom. It was a snail with a shell made out of iron sulphide, with some populations also having magnetic properties in their unique exoskeletons. It made me wonder - what other magnificent marine snails are out there? Read more about The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and other marine gastropods)
As we humans get ready to beat the summer heat, we’re taking a look at different ways animals thermoregulate, or keep internal body temperature stable. Here are just a few ways animals stay chill: Read more about Five ways animals keep their cool
It’s a familiar story—the mighty dinosaurs dominated their prehistoric environment, while tiny mammals took a backseat, until the dinosaurs (besides birds) went extinct 66 million years ago, allowing mammals to shine. Just one problem—it’s not true. A new article in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B reports that mammals actually began their massive diversification ten to twenty million years before the extinction that ended the age of the dinosaurs. Read more about Mammals began their takeover long before the death of the dinosaurs