Lucille Carver is the Social Media Strategist at The Field Museum. Bill Simpson, Collection Manager, Fossil Vertebrates, contributed to this post. Here at The Field Museum, we often show our Chicago pride by outfitting our Brachiosaurus plastic mounted skeleton on the west side of the building with an oversized team jersey. Whenever we do this, it creates a flurry of questions and comments about why we don’t do this with SUE, too. Here’s why you won’t see SUE decked out in festive attire. Read more about Why We Don’t Dress Up SUE (Or Any Other Real Skeletons)
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Recent Blog Posts
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?
Alaka Wali is a Curator of North American Anthropology. In 1621, the Wampanoag Indians and the colonists of Plymouth shared a feast that, today, is widely viewed as the very first Thanksgiving in the colonies of America. This three-day long fall festival celebrated their bountiful harvest and an alliance that would last for over 50 years. With modern traditions of turkeys, parades, and pies, we often lose sight of the true story of those early encounters between the Native peoples and the Mayflower settlers. Read more about The Amazing Journey of Maize
Paul Mayer is a collections manager of fossil invertebrates. What do Thanksgiving and a fossil ammonite have in common? In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans associated the coiled horns of rams with gods, power, virility, fertility, and abundance. The cornucopia—a conical wicker basket with a never-ending supply of food flowing from it—comes from Latin cornu copiae or “horn of plenty.” The Greeks and Romans both used the cornucopia as a symbol of the harvest, prosperity, and abundance. Read more about A Thanksgiving Tale of Two Horns
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
Alaka Wali is a Curator of North American Anthropology Collections. Read more about Oil or Water? Part I
Bill Simpson is the collections manager of fossil vertebrates. Bill's work includes managing the research collections of prepared fossils, researching SUE, and going on collecting trips. Read more about How Our Fossil Prep Lab Helped Fight Real-Life Crime