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
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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
In 1898, two African lions began attacking and consuming railway workers in Tsavo, Kenya. First reports estimated that 135 people fell victim to these "man-eaters," but further research published in 2009 lessened that number to 35 individuals. Over the years, different theories as to what motivated these attacks have varied, and recently we got to talk with two experts who are working towards finding an answer. Read more about The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo
For the Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. Representing the Fierce Predators category, the terror bird and dire wolf were some intimidating prehistoric predators known for their hunting skills. Read more about Extreme Animals Competition: Terror Bird v. Dire Wolf
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
In our Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. Representing the Speedy Sprinters category, the pronghorn and the peregrine falcon are two of the quickest animals on land and in the sky. Pronghorn: Outrunning the competition Vital stats: Read more about Extreme Animals Competition: Pronghorn v. Peregrine Falcon
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
In 1936, Ruth Harkness - a dressmaker from New York -- set off to China in search of the rare, elusive Giant Panda. Her goal? Bring one back alive to share the wonder of China's wildlife with the western world. She became the first explorer to do so, and so set in motion a public fascination with these creatures that continues 80 years later.
Additional images c/o Ruth Harkness, "The Lady and the Panda," 1938, and the Chicago Zoological Society.
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