Blogs & Videos: Amphibians & Reptiles

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The Mystery of a Forgotten Botanist and a Rare Frog

Part of a Field Museum scientist’s work is continuing to uncover new things about specimens that were collected a long time ago, adding new information that enhances our understanding of the natural world. When one Field Museum collections manager started asking questions about a small frog he was studying, he didn’t suspect it would lead down such a winding road.

We’ve got ’em! Meet the Real-Life Amphibians and Reptiles of Pokémon

We’ve got ’em…in glass jars! The worldwide phenomenon of Pokémon was originally inspired by the practice of collecting insects, which is something we still do at the Museum today. In the midst of battling monsters and stopping criminal organizations, it’s easy to forget that, at the start of every Pokémon game, every player is sent out on a journey to complete the PokéDex, a digital encyclopedia of every Pokémon known to man.

Illustrations of a crocodile and a shark with spiral teeth

Extreme Animals Competition: Saltwater Crocodile v. Helicoprion

In the Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. While the prehistoric shark Helicoprion went extinct millions of years ago and saltwater croc still roams today, these two competitors in the Scary Chompers category both have some impressive jaws. Saltwater crocodile: Patient, powerful attacker Vital stats: 

Strange sea-dwelling reptile fossil hints at rapid evolution after mass extinction

Two hundred and fifty million years ago, life on earth was in a tail-spin—climate change, volcanic eruptions, and rising sea levels contributed to a mass extinction that makes the death of the dinosaurs look like child’s play. Marine life got hit hardest—96% of all marine species went extinct. For a long time, scientists believed that the early marine reptiles that came about after the mass extinction evolved slowly, but the recent discovery of a strange new fossil brings that view into question.

“Fire Frogs” and Eel-like Amphibians: Meet The Field’s Newest Fossil Discoveries

Two hundred and seventy-eight million years ago, the world was a different place. Not only were the landmasses merged into the supercontinent of Pangaea, but the land was home to ancient animals unlike anything alive today. But until now, very little information was available about what animals were present in the southern tropics.

Six adorable Halloween animals that will make you re-evaluate your ideas of “scary”

Yes, Halloween's all about things that go bump in the night, but at The Field Museum, we're also all about seeing the beauty (and yes, the cuteness) in the natural world. Here are some of our favorite animals that get a bad rap but are actually pretty gosh-darn adorable. 1. Honduran White Bats