Fossil discoveries don’t always happen out in the field, with scientists armed with pick-axes realizing they’ve found something special. Sometimes, fossils lie in wait in museum collections until the right researcher comes along and realizes there’s something unusual about them. That’s what happened this time, and the fossils in question are prehistoric dog relatives called “beardogs.” Read more about Chihuahua-sized fossil "beardogs" shed new light on evolution of dogs and their relatives
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While going on an expedition to search for fossils may sound glamorous, it involves a lot of hard work—sometimes in pretty extreme environments. Of course, it’s very rewarding when you find something, especially an entirely new species of dinosaur. From Antarctica to Patagonia to Utah, Field Museum paleontologists have been all over the world. Read more about Fossil Hunting 101
Two Field Museum scientists are leaving their labs and going face-to-face with SUE, the biggest Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, armed only with a wrench. And they’re going to take her arm off. SUE’s not just the world’s biggest T. rex—she’s also the best-preserved and most complete one. And that means that she contains a treasure trove of information for paleontologists to learn from. Read more about SUE Lends a Hand: Field Museum Scientists Remove T. rex’s Arm for Argonne Study
We’re kicking off the first episode in our new news series, Natural News from The Field Museum! Stay tuned for the next installment in two weeks, and check out our behind-the-scenes tour of the set next week right here on The Brain Scoop. Read more about Dinosaur Discovery & Updates on Cloud Rats
The towering Tyrannosaurus rex is a familiar face at the Museum. But how well do you really know SUE? Brush up on some essential facts: Who is SUE? Even though we refer to SUE as a “she,” it is unknown whether this T. rex was female or male. We know that this carnivorous dinosaur lived about 67 million years ago and probably weighed nine tons during its life. Read more about How well do you know SUE?
In the Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. In the Armored Defenders category, the extinct glyptodont and the extant ironclad beetle are known for their built-in body armor. Glyptodont: Walking suit of armor Vital stats: Read more about Extreme Animals Competition: Glyptodont v. Ironclad Beetle
Scientists still aren’t sure why T. rex had those absurdly small forelimbs, but apparently the look was all the rage in the Late Cretaceous. A newly-discovered dinosaur from Patagonia has similar short, two-fingered claws, even though it’s not closely related to the tyrannosaurs. Read more about Newly-discovered dinosaur had “T. rex arms” that evolved independently
Meet Stethacanthus, Edestid, Helicoprion, and Bandringa. Read more about Four Fossil Sharks That Are Cooler Than Megalodon
The residents of a Chicago suburb were jolted awake just before midnight on March 26, 2003—by meteorites falling through their roofs and windows. The Park Forest meteorite, named for the area at the center of the shower, fell in one of the most heavily populated areas to see meteorites in recent history. Read more about A Breakup with Lasting Impact: Meteorites from a 470-Million-Year-Old Split
“Where do you get 100-million-year-old dinosaur blood?” asks Dr. Ellie Sattler, a character in the original “Jurassic Park” movie. In the film, dinosaurs are cloned from DNA preserved in amber. More specifically, from dinosaur blood inside mosquitoes that are trapped in the amber. Spoiler alert: things get a little out of hand as the cloned dinos wreak havoc on Isla Nublar. Read more about Revisiting “Jurassic Park”: Could dinosaurs really be cloned?