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Blogs & Videos: Collections
This post was written by Alaka Wali, curator of North American Anthropology, and Gino Diliberto, anthropologist and volunteer with The Field Museum. Read more about Native American Code Talkers: Language Diversity at Work
This post was written by Jamie Kelly, Head of Anthropological Collections and Anthropology Collections Manager, Lisa Nizolek, Cyrus Tang Hall of China Postdoctoral Fellow, and Cassie Pontone, Assistant Collections Manager. Read more about The Mysterious Madonna and Child Scroll
This post is drawn from the Science Hub, an interactive space to explore the collections and learn about new science, where you can see these antlers firsthand. Read more about Antlers: What’s Their Function?
While Chicago is experiencing the polar vortex, we thought we’d take a look at some cold weather gear from the collections! a114905d_027.jpg Murre, wolf, and beaver pullover parka. © The Field Museum, A114905d_027, Photographer John Weinstein Read more about Staying Warm in the Far North
Lucille Carver is the Social Media Strategist at The Field Museum. Bill Simpson, Collection Manager, Fossil Vertebrates, contributed to this post. Here at The Field Museum, we often show our Chicago pride by outfitting our Brachiosaurus plastic mounted skeleton on the west side of the building with an oversized team jersey. Whenever we do this, it creates a flurry of questions and comments about why we don’t do this with SUE, too. Here’s why you won’t see SUE decked out in festive attire. Read more about Why We Don’t Dress Up SUE (Or Any Other Real Skeletons)
Paul Mayer is a collections manager of fossil invertebrates. What do Thanksgiving and a fossil ammonite have in common? In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans associated the coiled horns of rams with gods, power, virility, fertility, and abundance. The cornucopia—a conical wicker basket with a never-ending supply of food flowing from it—comes from Latin cornu copiae or “horn of plenty.” The Greeks and Romans both used the cornucopia as a symbol of the harvest, prosperity, and abundance. Read more about A Thanksgiving Tale of Two Horns
Wherein my mind is blown by technology, yet again. Read more about The Amazing Laser
How many different kinds of trees grow in the Amazon? This may sound like an impossible question to answer—we’re talking about the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth. Hundreds of thousands of different plants and animals live there, with more being discovered every year. Read more about A big step in the 300-year quest to find every tree species in the Amazon
“Where do you get 100-million-year-old dinosaur blood?” asks Dr. Ellie Sattler, a character in the original “Jurassic Park” movie. In the film, dinosaurs are cloned from DNA preserved in amber. More specifically, from dinosaur blood inside mosquitoes that are trapped in the amber. Spoiler alert: things get a little out of hand as the cloned dinos wreak havoc on Isla Nublar. Read more about Revisiting “Jurassic Park”: Could dinosaurs really be cloned?