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?
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The turkeys we’ll be sitting down to eat on Thursday have a history that goes way back. Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico—some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication. Read more about Archaeological Excavation Unearths Evidence of Turkey Domestication 1,500 Years Ago
We're taking a break from our regular content this week to share this message with you. It's more important than ever to remind ourselves who we are, and what good we can do for our planet, and one another. Read more about A Commitment to Curiosity
Wherein my mind is blown by technology, yet again. Read more about The Amazing Laser
You win some, and you lose some: this is true in games of chess, and sometimes in science, too. A newly discovered species can never replace the loss of another - but we persevere. Read more about 2 Extinctions, 1 New Species, and… chess?| Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 5
Like many kids, I dissected owl pellets when I was in school - but I never realized they can be used by scientists to learn about certain aspects of an ecosystem. And today, paleontologists like Matt McDowell are using these pellets to learn about the history of an environment, to preserve them for the future. Read more about How Bird Vomit Helps Us Understand History
Scientists have long believed that the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the ocean three million years ago, triggering a massive interchange of species between the Americas in its wake. However, recent conflict in both geological and biological literature suggests that this simple story is insufficient to explain the available evidence. Read more about Ant Genomics Help Reshape Biological History of the Americas
Artificial cranial deformation, or head binding, is a practice carried out by cultures all over the world, and throughout time. Dr. Robert Martin talked to us about how the tradition was implemented by figures of high status in Ancient Egypt. Read more about Why did King Tut have a flat head?
I still want to know what happened to those fish that escaped from the dentist’s office in ‘Finding Nemo.’ Read more about Sucky Fish & Relationship Advice from Ants | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 3
Fossil discoveries don’t always happen out in the field, with scientists armed with pick-axes realizing they’ve found something special. Sometimes, fossils lie in wait in museum collections until the right researcher comes along and realizes there’s something unusual about them. That’s what happened this time, and the fossils in question are prehistoric dog relatives called “beardogs.” Read more about Chihuahua-sized fossil "beardogs" shed new light on evolution of dogs and their relatives