Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania has captured the imagination for decades, and climbing it is one of the most common items on the proverbial bucket list. “Kili” is not only the tallest mountain in Africa, it is the tallest free-standing (isolated and not part of a mountain range) massif in the world. Thousands of climbers ascend Kilimanjaro every year, trekking through multiple habitat zones to reach the summit which is 5895 m (19571 feet) above sea level. Read more about Kilimanjaro's Small Mammals
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There are over 150 scientists working behind-the-scenes at The Field Museum of Natural History. Curators, collection managers, research associates, post doctoral scientists, and graduate students study a wide array of topics from the evolution of dinosaurs to the development of cities in human society.
These scientists study and manage the Museum’s vast collection of 24 million anthropological, botanical, geological and zoological specimens and objects from around the world. These collections--from narwhal horns to treeferns, fish fossils, and Chinese rubbings--help Museum scientists to understand and conserve the world's biological and cultural diversity.
Science at FMNH brings you a dynamic video or podcast that explores the research, collections and people that make this Museum a world-class research institution!
Science at FMNH is funded by The Grainger Foundation.
For the past two summers, youth who participated in the DNA Research Summer Residency planned, filmed, and edited short videos on the genetic research they conducted with Museum scientists. All participants were trained in molecular biology laboratory methods and equipment used in The Field Museum’s Pritzker Lab/Rice DNA Discovery Center, gathered data relevant to current research programs, and learned about all aspects of the scientific method. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 47 - DNA Residency Showcase
We continue our excavation of the Permian and Triassic periods with Dr. Ken Angielczyk as we travel back to The Field Museum to examine the fossil discoveries from the 2009 dig in Zambia. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 46 - Paleontology of Zambia
We continue our excavation of the Permian and Triassic periods with Dr. Ken Angielczyk as we discover the equipment that is required for the excavation of fossils in Zambia and Tanzania. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 45 - Equipment for a Paleontological Dig
The Permian and Triassic periods (approximately 299 to199 million years ago) are critical times in Earth history. Among the many important events that occurred during this interval is the largest mass extinction in Earth history. In 2009, Dr. Ken Angielczyk and an international team of scientists explored for and excavated fossils throughout Zambia to gain new insight into the causes of and recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction in terrestrial vertebrate-dominated communities. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 44 - African Paleontology
Why do people trade? How and what ways have trade, traders, and trading communities influenced society? These are the big questions of Dr. Chap Kusimba's research. One way that Dr. Kusimba tries to answer these questions is by studying the trade and exchange of glass beads and ceramics across the Indian Ocean from 700 A.D. to 1500 A.D. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 43 - Ancient Trade and Exchange in East Africa
Dr. Gary Feinman, Professor Dean Arnold (Wheaton College) and museum colleagues used elemental analysis to unlock some of the secrets to the productions of Maya Blue - a pigment that the Mayans used to decorate objects, such as murals and ceramics, and paint human sacrifices at Chichén Itza. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 42 – The Production of Maya Blue
We continue our discussion with Dr. Ryan Williams to explore his research on trade and political relationships between early states in South America. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 41 – Ancient Trade and Political Relationships in South America
To better understand how ancient peoples traded and exchanged goods and services curators in the Anthropology Department conduct field and laboratory research on the archaeology of ancient exchange. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 40 - Ancient Trade and Exchange
This summer, youth who participated in the Digital Planet: Antarctica program planned, filmed, and edited short videos on Dr. Peter Makovicky's 2010 paleontological expedition. These videos highlight the research, science and logistics necessary to excavate fossils in this harsh environment. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 39 - Digital Planet: Antarctica Showcase