Blogs & Videos: Dinosaurs

How to Recover from a Mass Extinction

A growing number of species in the modern world (nearly 200 in fact!) go extinct every day due to factors such as climate change and habitat destruction. During the earth's history, there also have been a number of 
mass extinctions, like the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Increasingly, scientists are turning to past mass extinctions to gain new insight into what is happening today.

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.

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.

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