In science, we're constantly striving to make new discoveries and gain a better understanding of life, nature, and the world around us. Watch as some of our science communicators and experts take us on a tour through the Evolving Planet exhibition, showcasing just a few of many science facts you can find here. At The Field Museum, we're always doing research and learning more, and we invite you to be curious and explore the facts alongside us. Read more about Facts Matter at The Field Museum
Blogs & Videos: Fossils
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?
This post was written by Adrienne Stroup, a Geology Collections Assistant and scientific illustrator. Read more about Picturing the Past Through Scientific Illustration
We’re confident dinosaurs didn't attract their mates with flowers and chocolates, but it’s hard to say for sure what DID go down. Once you look past the commercialism, Valentine’s Day boils down to the irrepressible natural forces of affection and desire. Underlying these forces is our drive to reproduce—so it may be timely to ask what we know about dinosaur reproduction. Read more about How Did Dinosaurs Woo Their Mates?
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
Need a break from the holiday madness? Curl up with our 10 most-read blog posts of the year for a brain refresh (plus, some fun science facts to share with your visiting in-laws or your New Year’s Eve party guests). From Tully monsters to SUE’s missing arm to local birds, plants, and culture, it’s been a wild ride. Thanks for joining us on these adventures and discoveries, and stay curious with us in 2017! Read more about Top 10 Science, Nature, and Culture Stories of 2016
We’ve got three big stories talking about tiny things! Tiny arms, tiny plants, tiny beardog fossils. Big science. Read more about T. rex Arms & BEARDOGS! | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 6
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 the T. rex, 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
Bill Simpson is the collections manager of fossil vertebrates. Bill's work includes managing the research collections of prepared fossils, researching SUE, and going on collecting trips. Read more about How Our Fossil Prep Lab Helped Fight Real-Life Crime