One of the most important characteristics that scientists who study insects, arachnids & other spider relatives look at to determine new species is the genitalia (so, penises). Dr. Jason Dunlop, who researches fossil spiders in amber, shared this big discovery with us on our visit to Berlin. More Brain Scoop from the Museum für Naturkunde. Dr. Jason Dunlop The World Spider Catalogue Read more about This Fossil Arachnid Penis was a HUGE Discovery
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Check out what our Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Emily Graslie, has explored on The Brain Scoop!
Berlin's Natural History Museum exists as a witness to history. For more than 200 years its scientists have pursued research in the face of world wars and bombings, political turmoil, and an ever-changing planet. We were invited to share the Museum's past, as they look toward the future. Read more about The Story of the Museum für Naturkunde
The Akeley's Fighting African Elephants are some of the best examples of taxidermy ever created-- but they'll need help if they're to survive the next 100 years. Read more about The 'Sistine Chapel of Taxidermy' - Conserving Akeley's Elephants
It's 2018 and we've got some exciting things coming up this year: Brain Scoop updates, big changes happening here at The Field Museum, and some random other questions answered. Read more about Happy New Year! (An Ask Emily Video)
Highlights from our North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) dissection livestream (11/10). Lauren and I skinned this animal for use in our educational collection here at The Field Museum. Read more about Beaver dissection HIGHLIGHTS!
It's a GLOW ROCK DANCE PARTY! This video is best watched in the dark! In this video we explore the special properties of fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals to learn how and why they 'glow' under UV light ('black light'). Read more about Glow Rocks
PARASITE. Doesn't the word just make your skin crawl? (that's actually the worms living under your flesh... just kidding). Despite our "ick" reaction to these animals, they play important roles in their environments - and many are under threat. Read more about The Case for Saving PARASITES.
The Field Museum isn't just home to specimens and artifacts: it's also home to the books and manuscripts that have shaped our understanding of the world's natural history. Today, we look at some of the 7,500 books in the Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room! Read more about The Rare Book Room!
BOOKS! These are some of my favorite science-y books from the last year or so. Got any recommendations for me!? Read more about Emily's Recommended Reading!
Conservation scientist Dr. Lesley de Souza is working with the people of Guyana to establish a new protected area. Their goal is to safeguard a watershed for animals like the arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. Read more about Preserving the Migration of Giants: Guyana's Arapaima