Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet

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Published: October 31, 2017

Lemurs Are Weird Because Madagascar’s Fruit Is Weird

New research sheds light on why lemurs don’t eat as much fruit as their fellow primates and why they’ve developed odd dietary behaviors: the fruit on Madagascar contains too little protein to sustain them.

A brown lemur sitting in a tree, staring ahead with wide eyes.

New research sheds light on why lemurs don’t eat as much fruit as their fellow primates and why they’ve developed odd dietary behaviors: the fruit on Madagascar contains too little protein to sustain them.

Published: October 22, 2017

Collecting in Vietnam: The Search for Millipedes

What’s fieldwork really like? And how do scientists decide where to go and how to search? Field Museum scientist, curator, and millipede expert Petra Sierwald describes a recent expedition.

Published: July 3, 2017

Small Millipedes Impact the Earth in a Big Way

Petra Sierwald, Associate Curator, Integrative Research Center

Millipedes are incredibly successful and resilient. They’ve been in the business of vegetable waste management for the past 420 million years. 

Black and white microscope image of something with hard ridges and soft fringe

Millipedes are incredibly successful and resilient. They’ve been in the business of vegetable waste management for the past 420 million years. 

Published: June 15, 2017

Cephalopods to Wrap Your Head Around

Janet Voight, Associate Curator, Integrative Research Center
Illustration of large orange octopus; illustration from different angles of a pink speckled octopus

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?


Janet Voight

Janet Voight, associate curator of zoology, is a specialist in cephalopod mollusks, especially octopuses. 

Published: May 3, 2017

Spotted Skunk Evolution Driven by Climate Change

A skunk with a white zigzag pattern walking on a log

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.

Published: April 6, 2017

Let's Lend These Dinosaurs a Hand

Eric Gorscak, Post Doc Research Scientist, Integrative Research Center

Tyrannosaurus rex’s small arms have been the punchline of many a joke. But do we know why the “tyrant lizard” and other dinosaurs have developed some unusual appendages?

Black and white dinosaur skeleton, with an inset of its small arm and hand

Tyrannosaurus rex’s small arms have been the punchline of many a joke. But do we know why the “tyrant lizard” and other dinosaurs have developed some unusual appendages?

Published: March 13, 2017

Women in Science: Corrie Moreau, Evolutionary Biologist and Entomologist

Corrie Moreau, Associate Curator & Director of Integrative Research, Integrative Research Center

Evolutionary biologist and entomologist Corrie Moreau has traveled to remote tropical locations to collect ant specimens, made new scientific discoveries, and continues to support and mentor students and young scientists through her work with the Field Museum Women In Science program. 

A woman smiling at the camera, standing in a green field with mountains in the background

Evolutionary biologist and entomologist Corrie Moreau has traveled to remote tropical locations to collect ant specimens, made new scientific discoveries, and continues to support and mentor students and young scientists through her work with the Field Museum Women In Science program. 


Corrie Moreau

Robert A. Pritzker Director of the Integrative Research Center and Associate Curator in the Integrative Research Center (Insects) in the Department of Science and Education at the Field Museum of Natural History.  Corrie's research program focuses on the evolutionary history and diversification of the ants (Formicidae), ant mutualisms with plants to bacteria, biogeography, and molecular and genomic tools to tease apart these patterns.  To learn more about Corrie Moreau's research and members of the lab, please visit the lab website: www.moreaulab.org

Corrie S. Moreau cmoreau@fieldmuseum.org
Robert A. Pritzker Director of the Integrative Research Center and Associate Curator
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605  USA

Website: www.moreaulab.org


 

Published: March 10, 2017

What Do We Mean by “Theory” in Science?

Kenneth Angielczyk, Associate Curator, Integrative Research Center

A theory is a carefully thought-out explanation for observations of the natural world that has been constructed using the scientific method, and which brings together many facts and hypotheses.

Left: Two green turtles on a log in a lake with green algae. Right: A large brown turtle with a tall shell sitting among rocks and grass.

A theory is a carefully thought-out explanation for observations of the natural world that has been constructed using the scientific method, and which brings together many facts and hypotheses.

Published: March 4, 2017

Tyrannosaur Relatives of SUE

Eric Gorscak, Post Doc Research Scientist, Integrative Research Center
A large T. rex skeleton on display in a museum, with people looking at it and columns in the background

Eric Gorscak is a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum focusing on African dinosaurs and paleobiogeography of the southern continents.