A new study compares the physical characteristics of two similar octopus species that live on the ocean floor, as deep as 9,500 feet (almost 2,900 m) below the water’s surface. Read more about How Can You Tell Deep-Sea Octopuses Apart? Check Their Warts.
Blogs & Videos: Collections
Before modern science, what evidence did people use to help explain the inexplicable? For some things -- the fossil record! Today we’re looking for griffins, cyclopes, magical bread and enchanted stone snakes in our museum collection. Read more about Fossil Myths: Cyclopes, Griffins, & Magic Fairy Bread
Wherein Mr. Wolf and Mr. Coyote both lose their skin. Read more about Coyote and Wolf Skinning
Prior to becoming part of the infamous duo Leopold and Loeb, convicted for kidnapping and murdering a 14-year-old neighbor, Nathan Leopold had been a birder and ornithologist. The Library owns one of only a couple of known copies of a booklet called Spring Migration Notes of the Chicago Area that Leopold helped compile. Read more about Spring Migration Notes...By a Murderer
In 1898, Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson shot two man-eating lions that killed dozens of workers building a railroad in Tsavo, Kenya. He wrote, “I have a very vivid recollection of one particular night when the brutes seized a man from the railway station and brought him close to my camp to devour. Read more about What Makes a Man-Eater? Check the Teeth
Rebecca prepares specimens for research and collections, trains interns and volunteers in the mammal prep lab, and has co-authored research on a new rodent species. Read more about Women in Science and Art: Rebecca Banasiak, Mammals Collections Assistant and Preparator
Ann Prazer makes mounts in the shop, helps install exhibits, and transports and handles precious artifacts within the Museum. Read more about Women in Art: Ann Prazer, Mountmaker
The Field Museum’s collection includes many different objects: dinosaur bones, dried plants, and ancient artifacts, just to name a few. But there’s another fascinating collection here that you may not expect: books. They’re located in an active, working library, where researchers can make appointments to pore through books and documents on a wide range of subjects. Read more about Four Fascinating Finds in the Rare Book Room, from Audubon to Ole Worm
Scott Lidgard is the MacArthur Associate Curator of Fossil Invertebrates and Paul Mayer is the Collections Manager, Fossil Invertebrates in the Gantz Family Collections. Read more about Tully Monster: Vertebrate or Enigma?
Meteorites have been falling to Earth for literally hundreds of millions of years—and continue to land here today. Our Meteorites exhibition features rare and fascinating meteorites, from fossil meteorites to a meteorite on Mars. Read more about Four Fascinating Meteorites That Provide Clues to Understanding Our Solar System