Blogs & Videos

Every day at The Field Museum we're exploring something new, whether it's hidden deep in our collections or being investigated out in the field. Tune in to our blogs and videos to learn about breakthrough discoveries firsthand from our Field Museum scientists, discover curiosities in our vaults with Emily Graslie, or see how our science is making an impact in the world around you.

Recent Blog Posts

Three dinosaur skeletons with different horns on their heads, lined up in an exhibition

How Did Dinosaurs Woo Their Mates?

We’re confident dinosaurs didn't attract their mates with flowers and chocolates, but it’s hard to say for sure what DID go down. Once you look past the commercialism, Valentine’s Day boils down to the irrepressible natural forces of affection and desire. Underlying these forces is our drive to reproduce—so it may be timely to ask what we know about dinosaur reproduction.

Bright Fireball Over the Midwest

On Monday, February 6, 2017, around 1:30am local time, many inhabitants of the Midwest saw a bright fireball shooting across the night sky. Some even heard a sonic boom. The Field Museum's Invertebrate Collections Manager Paul Mayer woke up from the sonic boom: "I was staying in Fredonia, Wisconsin and was woken up by a large boom that shook the whole house. It sounded like thunder and I thought maybe it was a train hitting something. I got up and looked out the window, but did not see anything.

Detail of intricate wood carving, with a man with a sword and a horse depicted

The Story Behind the Tushanwan Jesuit Orphanage Wooden Screen

This carved wooden screen has been a fixture in The Field Museum Library Reading Room for many years. Its origins were rediscovered in 2014 by visiting researcher William H. Ma, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of California, Berkeley. At the time, Mr. Ma was here helping with research on the Hall of China.

Where We Stand: A Letter to The Field Museum Community

Dear Colleagues, As you know, the White House issued an executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. Like many of you, I am concerned by these actions and stand firmly against them. At this time, it remains unclear the impact this will have on the Museum, our community, our international colleagues, and our work abroad. What remains clear is The Field Museum’s commitment to equality, tolerance, and inclusion.

Today’s rare meteorites were once common

Four hundred and sixty-six million years ago, there was a giant collision in outer space. Something hit an asteroid and broke it apart, sending chunks of rock falling to Earth as meteorites since before the time of the dinosaurs. But what kinds of meteorites were making their way to Earth before that collision? In a new study in Nature Astronomy, Field Museum scientists have tackled that question by creating the first reconstruction of the distribution of meteorite types before the collision.

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