Team Brain Scoop is about to helicopter into a biologically unknown region of the Peruvian jungle with a team of conservationists to study and document the area's biodiversity for the first time in its history. Read more about Into Perú
Blogs & Videos: Plants
Join us for Part II in our quest to uncover the tropical world of ancient Fossil Lake! Palm trees in Wyoming! Sex in the fossil record! Read more about Fossil Fish, Pt. II: A History
Where biology and engineering meet: let's puzzle out what the function is for some of our specimens! QUIZ SHOW! Read more about What the Function? with Smarter Every Day!
Special thanks to Christine Niezgoda for showing us around the collection! I can't wait to start our musical band. Read more about The Economic Botanical Collection
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Evens, ZN: Holiday Plants with Toxic Misconceptions
National Fire Protection Association, Holiday decoration safety! Read more about The Nondenominational Holiday Botanical Celebration
A couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I wrote a paper in Science reporting some new findings on Amazonian forests. Some of the findings are actually just numbers, and one of those numbers is really big. It's the number of trees we think probably grow in the Amazon, and it's 390 billion. Read more about How many trees are there in the Amazon?
The Amazon rainforest is home to the world’s greatest plant diversity. But the vast extent and inaccessibility of Amazonian forests have, until recently, prevented scientists from answering one of the simplest questions about the Amazon – how many trees are out there? Read more about The Amazon’s Black Box
Nestled deep within the Escalera Mountains of Peru lies a piece of paradise that has awaited exploration by scientists for hundreds of years. Until now, scientists have been unable to set foot there due to the severe and isolated terrain: cloud-shrouded cliffs rise out of the Amazonian lowlands far from the main Andean range, crisscrossed with mountain creeks and waterfalls topping out on 7,500-foot ridges. Read more about Paradise Lost is Found in the Mountains of Peru
It sounds like a scenario straight out of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: “A father stands accused of murdering his baby daughter. A vital clue to where her body may be buried? The clump of plant-filled mud found on the bottom of his shoe. To identify the unique combination of species embedded in the muck, investigators call in botanists from The Field Museum....” Read more about Field Museum Assists in Murder Investigation