Blogs & Videos: Rocks

Science at FMNH : Ep. 19 - Antarctic Paleontology

255 million years ago all seven continents formed one super continent called Pangaea.  During this time, Antarctica was not a harsh snow and ice covered land, but a lush temperate environment teaming with plant and animal life.  Dr. Peter Makovicky and Dr. Nathan Smith in the Geology Department excavate and study the fossil remains of dinosaurs that lived here to better understand the evolution of life on Earth.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 17 - Wyoming 52 million years ago

52 million years ago Wyoming was a tropical forest. A lake bed from this tropical environment formed one of the world’s most productive fresh water fossil locations.  Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lance Grande has unearthed fossil fish, birds, plants, and reptiles from this area, and studied their implications for the evolution of many species alive today.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 16 - Illinois 300 million years ago

300 million years ago Illinois was a swampy forest located near the equator.  Fossil charcoal from this and other areas can be used to study past extinction events and help us to understand the mass extinction event that is happening in our time.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 14 - Presolar Grains & Solar System Formation

Presolar grains are the oldest material in the solar system. These microscopic mineral grains formed before the birth of our Solar System and a small fraction survived in primitive asteroids and comets. Studying them can help us understand the formation of the Solar System and planet Earth.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 13 - The Geologic Record & Environmental Change

The environment in which we live is not static, and the 4.6 billion years of Earth history are a history of change.  Scientists in the Geology Department use cutting edge research to understand the formation of the solar system and the evolution of life on an ever-changing Earth.