Prior to becoming part of the infamous duo Leopold and Loeb, convicted for kidnapping and murdering a 14-year-old neighbor, Nathan Leopold had been a birder and ornithologist. The Library owns one of only a couple of known copies of a booklet called Spring Migration Notes of the Chicago Area that Leopold helped compile. Read more about Spring Migration Notes...By a Murderer
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Recent Blog Posts
The relationship between humans and wolves is prehistoric-- today, they are some of the most highly studied animals on our planet. In this video we look at the history of wolves in the United States, and how recent hybrid events between wolves and coyotes is throwing a big wrench into our understanding of these species and their futures. Read more about Wolves can be a bit Coy
Once a new species is determined, the fun of coming up with the perfect name begins. These dinosaurs are named for a variety of people who have contributed to paleontological research. Read more about What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Dinosaur
What’s the difference between a centipede and a millipede? It’s more than just the number of legs in their strides. Read more about So Many Legs, So Little Time
Climate plays a key role in determining what animals can live where. And while human-induced climate change has been causing major problems for wildlife as of late, changes in the Earth’s climate have impacted evolution for millions of years—offering tantalizing clues into how to protect animals facing climate change today. Read more about Spotted Skunk Evolution Driven by Climate Change
Insects have the coolest houses! This is an ode to a few of the most amazing architects in the invertebrate world. Read more about Insect Cribs
The Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) was a small rat with one of the most unusual distributions of all mammals. As far as we know, the only place it occurred was the tiny Bramble Cay in the eastern Torres Strait, at the tip of northern Australia. Read more about Bramble Cay Melomys: The First Mammal Extinct from Climate Change Caused by Humans?
The March for Science is taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, in Washington, D.C. and in hundreds of cities around the world. I'll be participating here in Chicago with my Field Museum colleagues, and with thousands of other science supporters. Read more about I'm Marching for Science!
In 1898, Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson shot two man-eating lions that killed dozens of workers building a railroad in Tsavo, Kenya. He wrote, “I have a very vivid recollection of one particular night when the brutes seized a man from the railway station and brought him close to my camp to devour. Read more about What Makes a Man-Eater? Check the Teeth
While we don’t know a whole lot about dinosaur reproduction, we have much more information about what happens after mating. That’s because the fossil record of eggs and nests is quite good. Like living reptiles, dinosaurs buried their eggs, which appear to have had long incubation periods—up to half a year. Read more about Before the Chicken, There Was the (Dinosaur) Egg