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
Blogs & Videos: Mammals
This post is drawn from the Science Hub, an interactive space to explore the collections and learn about new science, where you can see these antlers firsthand. Read more about Antlers: What’s Their Function?
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
There's been a lot of talk and research interest around the possibility of resurrecting certain groups of organisms (or, at least their genomes) from extinction, with Woolly Mammoths being prime candidates for such an endeavor. But what about a closely related group, like the Mastodons? What's the criteria for possible 'de-extinction'? SO MANY QUESTIONS. Read more about Mammoths vs. Mastodons: Can we 'de-extinct' them both?
There's been life on earth for about four billion years, and a lot of it has been freaking terrifying. Great job, evolution, we’ll all be having bad dreams tonight. 1. Basilosaurus basilosaurus.png © The Field Museum, GEO86500_166d, Photographer Karen Carr, artist. Read more about Eight of the Most Nightmarish Prehistoric Animals
Bats' ability to navigate gracefully in the dark kind of seems like a superpower at first glance. Many of these flying mammals use echolocation: they emit sonar and then detect the sound waves that return after bouncing off another object. Echolocation is useful for navigation (not running into that tree up ahead) as well as finding food (zeroing in on a tasty moth fluttering nearby). Read more about Do All Bats Echolocate? How Different Species Use Their Senses
For Halloween, give your pumpkins some natural history flair with these stencils inspired by famous Field Museum specimens. To create your pumpkin design, download and print a stencil, then cut out the yellow areas. Show us your handiwork on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Read more about Pumpkin Stencils: SUE, Fighting African Elephants, and a Tsavo Lion
As all eyes are on some of our favorite local cubs, here’s a look at just a few animals in the wild that have young commonly referred to as cubs: Bears polar_bear_cubs.jpg Image via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more about Four Animals That Raise Cubs
In this week’s episode of Natural News from The Field Museum, we’ve got updates about the sex lives of peregrine falcons, mouse lemurs as time machines, and new research on the formation of our solar system! Read more about Sex Lives of Peregrine Falcons & Time Travel Discoveries | Ep. 2
Being a curator at a natural history museum can include many different areas of work, from doing research and studying collections, to field work and training future scientists. Dr. Ken Angielczyk, an associate curator and paleobiologist at The Field Museum, shares some of the unique aspects of his work. Ask @FieldMuseum all your natural history and science questions on Wednesday, September 14, for #AskACurator Day! What does being a curator mean to you? Read more about Ask A Curator: Q&A With Paleobiologist Ken Angielczyk