Published: July 2, 2017

Eggshells, DDT, Collections, and Study Design

John Bates, Assoc. Curator and Section Head, Integrative Research Center

On tours of our collections, we want to give visitors an appreciation for the important diversity of ways in which collections can and have been used to do important science and conservation. One of the best known and frequently recounted examples involves 1960's pesticide use in relation to declines in birds of prey including Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus). This story is based on research that is often described with a focus on Peregrines.

Published: September 29, 2015

Born from the Ashes

Kate Golembiewski, PR and Science Communications Manager, Public Relations

You know that part in Game of Thrones where the dragon eggs hatch when they’re put in fire? This is like that, but with a super-endangered flower.

Illinois’s only native wildflower, the Kankakee mallow, has been missing from this state for years—it was presumed extinct in its native habitat. But this year, Field Museum scientists and volunteers from the Friends of Langham Island group were able to bring it back. Their secret? Setting fire to the ground where the plants once lived.

Published: November 21, 2011

Science at FMNH : Ep. 46 - Paleontology of Zambia

We continue our excavation of the Permian and Triassic periods with Dr. Ken Angielczyk as we travel back to The Field Museum to examine the fossil discoveries from the 2009 dig in Zambia.  

 

We continue our excavation of the Permian and Triassic periods with Dr. Ken Angielczyk as we travel back to The Field Museum to examine the fossil discoveries from the 2009 dig in Zambia.  

 
Published: November 7, 2011

Science at FMNH : Ep. 44 - African Paleontology

The Permian and Triassic periods (approximately 299 to199 million years ago) are critical times in Earth history. Among the many important events that occurred during this interval is the largest mass extinction in Earth history. In 2009, Dr. Ken Angielczyk and an international team of scientists explored for and excavated fossils throughout Zambia to gain new insight into the causes of and recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction in terrestrial vertebrate-dominated communities.

The Permian and Triassic periods (approximately 299 to199 million years ago) are critical times in Earth history. Among the many important events that occurred during this interval is the largest mass extinction in Earth history. In 2009, Dr. Ken Angielczyk and an international team of scientists explored for and excavated fossils throughout Zambia to gain new insight into the causes of and recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction in terrestrial vertebrate-dominated communities.

Published: November 4, 2011

Fossils, Rocks, and Akiko

Inside the Field Museum there are several laboratories where scientists do their research projects. Visit the Paleontolgy lab where vertebrate fossil preparator Akiko Shinya works on fossils. You may also get to see a very good looking Psittacosaur!

Inside the Field Museum there are several laboratories where scientists do their research projects. Visit the Paleontolgy lab where vertebrate fossil preparator Akiko Shinya works on fossils. You may also get to see a very good looking Psittacosaur!

Published: August 1, 2011

Fossil Carrion Feeders

The world's oldest carrion beetle fossils were found in China and represent species that were alive 165 million years ago. Follow Margaret Thayer and Chenyang Cai as they work together at the Field Museum in Chicago to yield new insights into this family of beetles, called Silphidae.

The world's oldest carrion beetle fossils were found in China and represent species that were alive 165 million years ago. Follow Margaret Thayer and Chenyang Cai as they work together at the Field Museum in Chicago to yield new insights into this family of beetles, called Silphidae.

Published: July 25, 2011

Science at FMNH : Ep. 19 - Antarctic Paleontology

255 million years ago all seven continents formed one super continent called Pangaea.  During this time, Antarctica was not a harsh snow and ice covered land, but a lush temperate environment teaming with plant and animal life.  Dr. Peter Makovicky and Dr. Nathan Smith in the Geology Department excavate and study the fossil remains of dinosaurs that lived here to better understand the evolution of life on Earth.

255 million years ago all seven continents formed one super continent called Pangaea.  During this time, Antarctica was not a harsh snow and ice covered land, but a lush temperate environment teaming with plant and animal life.  Dr. Peter Makovicky and Dr. Nathan Smith in the Geology Department excavate and study the fossil remains of dinosaurs that lived here to better understand the evolution of life on Earth.

Published: July 18, 2011

Science at FMNH : Ep. 17 - Wyoming 52 million years ago

52 million years ago Wyoming was a tropical forest. A lake bed from this tropical environment formed one of the world’s most productive fresh water fossil locations.  Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lance Grande has unearthed fossil fish, birds, plants, and reptiles from this area, and studied their implications for the evolution of many species alive today.

52 million years ago Wyoming was a tropical forest. A lake bed from this tropical environment formed one of the world’s most productive fresh water fossil locations.  Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lance Grande has unearthed fossil fish, birds, plants, and reptiles from this area, and studied their implications for the evolution of many species alive today.

Published: July 14, 2011

Science at FMNH : Ep. 16 - Illinois 300 million years ago

300 million years ago Illinois was a swampy forest located near the equator.  Fossil charcoal from this and other areas can be used to study past extinction events and help us to understand the mass extinction event that is happening in our time.

300 million years ago Illinois was a swampy forest located near the equator.  Fossil charcoal from this and other areas can be used to study past extinction events and help us to understand the mass extinction event that is happening in our time.

Published: July 11, 2011

Science at FMNH : Ep. 15 - Trilobite Evolution

Approximately 515 to 495 million years ago, western Utah and eastern Nevada were covered by shallow seas.  The rock record shows that the trilobites in this area were changing as the depth of the seas increased.

Approximately 515 to 495 million years ago, western Utah and eastern Nevada were covered by shallow seas.  The rock record shows that the trilobites in this area were changing as the depth of the seas increased.