Blogs & Videos: Dinosaurs

From First Grade to the Field Museum: A Paleontologist's Research Comes Full Circle

If you take sample of paleontologists and ask them how they became interested in the field of paleontology, some of them will doubtlessly tell you that they first got hooked on dinosaurs as a kid and things proceeded from there. I am definitely an example of this phenomenon: as far back as I can remember I was fascinated by dinosaurs, and “paleontologist” was almost always the answer when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.

2012 REU Intern Franco Gallastegui

Using systematic traits of teeth to test trophic niche evolution in theropod dinosaurs

FRANCO GALLASTEGUI Junior Biology and Geophysical Sciences major at The University of Chicago REU Mentor: Dr. Peter Makovicky (Curator, Geology) Symposium Presentation Title: Using Systematic Traits of Teeth to Test Trophic Niche Evolution in Theropod Dinosaurs

Science at FMNH : Ep. 39 - Digital Planet: Antarctica Showcase

This summer, youth who participated in the Digital Planet: Antarctica program planned, filmed, and edited short videos on Dr. Peter Makovicky's 2010 paleontological expedition. These videos highlight the research, science and logistics necessary to excavate fossils in this harsh environment.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 22 - Dinosaur Body Size and Environment

Living terrestrial vertebrate animals tend to be bigger in size in polar regions than animals in warm climates. This principle could be one explanation of why Dr. Makovicky and Dr. Smith are finding many Jurassic vertebrate fossils in Antarctica that are larger than their close relatives else where in the world.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 19 - Antarctic Paleontology

255 million years ago all seven continents formed one super continent called Pangaea.  During this time, Antarctica was not a harsh snow and ice covered land, but a lush temperate environment teaming with plant and animal life.  Dr. Peter Makovicky and Dr. Nathan Smith in the Geology Department excavate and study the fossil remains of dinosaurs that lived here to better understand the evolution of life on Earth.

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