Science at FMNH : Ep. 1 - Early Land Plants

Liverworts, hornworts and mosses may not seem like much at first glance, but big things can come in small packages!  About 450 million years ago liverworts made the jump from water to land and completely altered the evolution of life on Earth.  They can be used to assess environmental pollution, and contain chemical compounds which show activity against certain cancer cell lines and HIV. 

Collecting Deep-Sea Fishes and Invertebrates

An Issacs-Kidd Midwater Trawl being brought on board the Research Vessel Robert Gordon Sproul off the coast of California. This trawl was made by a team of ichthyologists and invertebrate zoologists from The Field Museum that were sampling from the midwater (open ocean) at a depth range of 3,500 feet to the surface. The movie is sped up as the trawl is coming in, and then slows down to the real time as the cod end (the end of the net) is opened up to show what was collected. The trawl is full of a diversity of red and brown crustaceans (mysid shrimp, krill, etc.) and silver hatchetfishes and smoothtongues and black lanternfishes and bigscales.