More than 420 million years ago ancient millipedes took their first many -- many many many -- steps onto land. Today they remain largely cryptic animals, as there are tens of thousands of species still unknown to science. Associate Curator Dr. Petra Sierwald, arachnologist and millipede expert, is working to create a visual atlas to help with our understanding and identification of these mysterious creatures! If you find a millipede and would like to have it identified, send us an image! thebrainscoop(at)gmail(dot)com Read more about Millipedes: The First Land Animals
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Check out what our Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Emily Graslie, has explored on The Brain Scoop!
Tom! Good luck in the big city, and thanks for all of your hard work over the last 1.5 years. We'll miss you!
Stay tuned for updates on Project Hyena Diorama: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pr...
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Joyce Havstad, PhD holds the title Philosopher-in-Residence at The Field Museum.* We had the joy of interviewing her about some of the fascinating concepts she researches and explores -- in this case, what is a holotype? And how can paleontologists determine new species of prehistoric life based off of incomplete fossil skeletons?
*It's probably the only job title that can compete with 'Chief Curiosity Correspondent', really.
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BABY DINOSAURS IN THE CITY!... and we've been studying them for years! We talked with Field Museum ornithologist Josh Engel about how scientists gather information and take risks while monitoring these impressive aerial predators.
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By the 1960s the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) was extinct in many states - including Illinois - because of the negative effects of the pesticide DDT. But, thanks to dedicated reintroduction and monitoring efforts over the last 30 years in part from Field Museum scientist Mary Hennen and The Chicago Peregrine Program, just recently these birds were removed from the Illinois threatened species list!
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For our final installment in the Amazon Adventures series, I interviewed expedition leader Corine Vriesendorp about what it means to protect and conserve areas of the rainforest in spite of the overwhelming global demands for its natural resources.
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Naked mole-rats are some of the most fascinating members of the animal kingdom - but just how unique are they? Turns out, they diverged from their nearest relative more than 31 MILLION years ago! Field Museum curator Dr. Bruce Patterson, and Yale postdoctoral researcher Nate Upham have determined they ought to be in their own scientific family. Now, can someone please update their Wikipedia page?
Here's the abstract for the paper: Read more about The Naked Mole-Rat
Bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) have the most intense sting of any insect -- but what makes it so painful? Dr. Corrie Moreau walks us through how she extracts their venom to learn more about the chemistry of this remarkable species!
Last week, she showed us how she dissects ants to learn about their gut microbiomes! https://youtu.be/D0HGz4RPLwc
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Wherein Dr. Corrie Moreau shows us how she dissects ants to learn about their gut microbiomes for her research! Check out the work happening in her lab by checking out their website: http://www.moreaulab.org/research/
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The Amazon rainforest is a dense, seemingly impenetrable place. Before our scientific team can accurately document the biodiversity of an area they need a map to follow and clear trails on which to walk. Enter Alvaro del Campo, the Rapid Inventory logistics guru!
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