Given their long (520-million-year!) evolutionary history, there are thousands and thousands of extinct types of cephalopods. That’s way too many to write about, but I want to talk about shells and why cephalopods have such weird ones. Read more about What’s in a Shell? The Strange Shells of Cephalopods
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Recent Blog Posts
What do you think of when you hear “octopus”? An animal whose bottomless eyes not only meet your gaze but seem to understand you? A distinct form of animal life, uniquely different from all the others but also just so uncannily familiar? Read more about Cephalopods to Wrap Your Head Around
I'm already super spoiled with great habitat dioramas and taxidermy at The Field Museum, but I had to jump at the chance to attend the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships to experience the latest innovations in taxidermy wildlife art for myself. Read more about I waited 4+ years for this: the World Taxidermy Championships!
In Chicagoland, summertime means getting outside and enjoying the many parks and green spaces the city has to offer. While enjoying them, keep your eyes open for few plants that are a little deceptive—they look harmless but could cause discomfort. Here’s what you need to know about two plants common to the Midwest. Read more about Steer Clear of Two Common Poisonous Plants—Here’s How
A new study compares the physical characteristics of two similar octopus species that live on the ocean floor, as deep as 9,500 feet (almost 2,900 m) below the water’s surface. Read more about How Can You Tell Deep-Sea Octopuses Apart? Check Their Warts.
Perhaps you’ve noticed the blue recycling carts around The Field Museum, the customized recycling bins in the Field Bistro, Explorer Café and the Siragusa Center, and if you are here on Members' Nights, a variety of other recycling containers in the halls behind the scenes. If so, we hope you’ve found them easy to use! The Field Museum diverted 53% of its waste from landfills in 2016, with 31 tons of that amount being captured in the blue carts. Read more about Recycling at The Field Museum
The Field Museum will continue in its mission of documenting and preserving nature’s wonders and sharing those wonders with the rest of the world. Read more about Protecting Our Planet: A Letter to The Field Museum Community
Before modern science, what evidence did people use to help explain the inexplicable? For some things -- the fossil record! Today we’re looking for griffins, cyclopes, magical bread and enchanted stone snakes in our museum collection. Read more about Fossil Myths: Cyclopes, Griffins, & Magic Fairy Bread
Wherein Mr. Wolf and Mr. Coyote both lose their skin. Read more about Coyote and Wolf Skinning
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