The use of the words “fact”, “hypothesis”, and “theory” in science can be confusing, especially if conducting research isn’t your everyday job! But these terms have specific meanings, and they’re part of an important process that scientists use to gather information about the world around us. First, some quick definitions—here’s how scientists at The Field Museum (and around the world) use these terms: Read more about What Do We Mean When We Talk About Facts in Science?
Blogs & Videos: Fishes
It's been an exciting year here at The Field Museum: we explored nature and culture all around the globe, continued making discoveries within our collections, and invited visitors to learn with us. To stay in touch and see what we're up to in 2017, sign up for our newsletter at fieldmuseum.org/newsletter and become a member at fieldmuseum.org/membership. Read more about 2016 By The Numbers
While many people think of bats and spiders around Halloween, we’ve found some equally spooky fishes to throw into the mix. Take a peek at five spooky fishes from The Field Museum’s collections. Read more about 5 Spooky Fishes From The Collection
I still want to know what happened to those fish that escaped from the dentist’s office in ‘Finding Nemo.’ Read more about Sucky Fish & Relationship Advice from Ants | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 3
In the Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. While the prehistoric shark Helicoprion went extinct millions of years ago and saltwater croc still roams today, these two competitors in the Scary Chompers category both have some impressive jaws. Saltwater crocodile: Patient, powerful attacker Vital stats: Read more about Extreme Animals Competition: Saltwater Crocodile v. Helicoprion
screen_shot_2016-08-02_at_11.53.49_am.png This week, join The Field Museum on Facebook for some friendly, hypothetical competition between members of the animal kingdom in our Extreme Animals Competition. Read more about Extreme Animals Competition
Megalodon is the T. rex of the prehistoric shark world—it might have looked like a Great White, only way, way bigger, and it’s everybody’s favorite. It’s had its moment in the sun, even starring in a fake Shark Week documentary saying that it’d been found in modern waters (don’t worry—megalodon has been extinct for millions of years). But The Field Museum is home to some really bizarre sharks that lived millions of years before dinosaurs were even a twinkle in the universe’s eye. Read more about Four Fossil Sharks That Are Cooler Than Megalodon
Sharks seem to have it all figured out, evolution-wise. Fossils of prehistoric sharks go all the way back to 450 million years ago, and sharks like the ones we know today emerged about 200 million years ago. This means that they survived the mass extinction that took out the dinosaurs and lived long before early human ancestors evolved less than two million years ago. So, what makes a shark a shark? Here are just a few of its unique physical features: Read more about What Makes a Shark a Shark?
These are just a few different ways that fathers from the animal kingdom stay involved as parents: Jawfishes jawfish.jpg Yellowhead jawfish. Photo via Flickr user Kevin Bryant. Read more about Dedicated Animal Dads That Care for Their Young
As we humans get ready to beat the summer heat, we’re taking a look at different ways animals thermoregulate, or keep internal body temperature stable. Here are just a few ways animals stay chill: Read more about Five Ways Animals Keep Their Cool