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
Blogs & Videos: Bats
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 Read more about Six adorable Halloween animals that will make you re-evaluate your ideas of “scary”
The Field Museum is home to about 30 million objects—including a handful of super creepy ones. Here are some of our favorites that walk the line between scientifically valuable and downright horrifying. 1. Freezers full of dead animals deer_head.jpg Read more about Eight behind-the-scenes specimens that will haunt your dreams
Pregnant bats and the world's largest spider; your average evening in the Amazon. Read more about Two Bats and a Spider
This is the 2nd installment in a 2-part series of highlights from our expedition deep into the bat caves of Kenya! Read more about Into the Bat Caves of Kenya: Pt. 2
In January 2014, Emily accompanied Curator of Mammals Bruce Patterson on a field expedition into the bat caves of Kenya. They were joined with Field Museum Media Producers Greg Mercer and Emily Ward to document the experience. This is the 1st installment in a 2-part series of highlights from the trip; there's much more to come! Read more about Into the Bat Caves of Kenya: Pt. I
In our recent history, it has not been uncommon for scientists to collect plant and animal specimens from the remotest corners of our planet, and then bring them home to be a part of a collection at a museum. It’s also not uncommon for some of these specimens to remain undescribed (meaning that no official characterization of the animal has been published in the scientific literature) for years, due to the large number of specimens in the collection. Many times, new species have been discovered hiding among the specimens in a collection, sometimes 50 years after the specimen was collected. Of course, it helps if the animal is fossilized – this is the reason scientists are still discovering new species of dinosaurs that once walked the earth! Read more about Not One, Not Two, But Four New Species!
Wherein Emily sees things she had only ever read about in books. Read more about Chicago Adventure, Part One: Beetles 'n Bats
Here Hank and I talk about albino skunks, vampire bats, human skulls, and finger monkeys. Read more about More Out-Takes from the Museum
AUSTIN HICKS Junior Molecular Biology major at Loyola University REU Mentors: Dr. Robert Martin (A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology, Anthropology) and Edna Davion (Graduate Student, Anthropology) Symposium Presentation Title: Do Hipposiderid Bats See in Color? (Chordata: Mammalia: Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) Read more about Do some nocturnal primates and bats see in color?