The Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) was a small rat with one of the most unusual distributions of all mammals. As far as we know, the only place it occurred was the tiny Bramble Cay in the eastern Torres Strait, at the tip of northern Australia. Read more about Bramble Cay Melomys: The First Mammal Extinct from Climate Change Caused by Humans?
Blogs & Videos: Sciences
The March for Science is taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, in Washington, D.C. and in hundreds of cities around the world. I'll be participating here in Chicago with my Field Museum colleagues, and with thousands of other science supporters. Read more about I'm Marching for Science!
In 1898, Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson shot two man-eating lions that killed dozens of workers building a railroad in Tsavo, Kenya. He wrote, “I have a very vivid recollection of one particular night when the brutes seized a man from the railway station and brought him close to my camp to devour. Read more about What Makes a Man-Eater? Check the Teeth
While we don’t know a whole lot about dinosaur reproduction, we have much more information about what happens after mating. That’s because the fossil record of eggs and nests is quite good. Like living reptiles, dinosaurs buried their eggs, which appear to have had long incubation periods—up to half a year. Read more about Before the Chicken, There Was the (Dinosaur) Egg
The short answer is yes—and we are learning that ancient cities were more diverse in the ways they organized themselves. Some were even collective societies that resemble our republics today. Read more about Can We Learn from the History of Ancient Cities?
Teleocrater has unexpectedly crocodile-like features that are causing us to completely reassess what we thought about the earliest stages of dinosaur evolution. Read more about This Early Dinosaur "Cousin" Is Surprisingly Crocodile-Like
Tyrannosaurus rex’s small arms have been the punchline of many a joke. But do we know why the “tyrant lizard” and other dinosaurs have developed some unusual appendages? Read more about Let's Lend These Dinosaurs a Hand
What’s brightly colored, lives on shipwrecks, filter-feeds like a whale, and shoots webs like Spiderman? Read more about “Spiderman” Worm-Snails Discovered on Florida Shipwreck
Rebecca prepares specimens for research and collections, trains interns and volunteers in the mammal prep lab, and has co-authored research on a new rodent species. Read more about Women in Science and Art: Rebecca Banasiak, Mammals Collections Assistant and Preparator
Did you know milkweeds aren’t really weeds at all? In fact, they're native plants with pink, orange, or white flowers that will brighten up your yard. Read more about How Milkweeds Can Save Monarch Butterflies And Beautify Your Garden