Climate plays a key role in determining what animals can live where. And while human-induced climate change has been causing major problems for wildlife as of late, changes in the Earth’s climate have impacted evolution for millions of years—offering tantalizing clues into how to protect animals facing climate change today. Read more about Spotted Skunk Evolution Driven by Climate Change
Blogs & Videos: Mammals
The Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) was a small rat with one of the most unusual distributions of all mammals. As far as we know, the only place it occurred was the tiny Bramble Cay in the eastern Torres Strait, at the tip of northern Australia. Read more about Bramble Cay Melomys: The First Mammal Extinct from Climate Change Caused by Humans?
In 1898, Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson shot two man-eating lions that killed dozens of workers building a railroad in Tsavo, Kenya. He wrote, “I have a very vivid recollection of one particular night when the brutes seized a man from the railway station and brought him close to my camp to devour. Read more about What Makes a Man-Eater? Check the Teeth
Rebecca prepares specimens for research and collections, trains interns and volunteers in the mammal prep lab, and has co-authored research on a new rodent species. Read more about Women in Science and Art: Rebecca Banasiak, Mammals Collections Assistant and Preparator
We're highlighting women artists at The Field Museum and exploring the intersection of art and science. Hear from Adrienne Stroup, geology collections assistant and freelance scientific illustrator: Read more about Women in Art: Adrienne Stroup, Geology Collections Assistant
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
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
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?