How many trees are there in the Amazon?

A couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I wrote a paper in Science reporting some new findings on Amazonian forests. Some of the findings are actually just numbers, and one of those numbers is really big. It's the number of trees we think probably grow in the Amazon, and it's 390 billion.


New spider reminds us: it's still a big world

It was exciting in recent days to see the news about the discovery of a new family of spiders, in a cave in Oregon. New species are found all the time, especially among the arthropods. But a new family is a big deal. It means that an animal is different in very significant ways from others of its kind, the way owls are different from other birds, or bears from other mammals. And while new families of spiders get do designated from time to time in the course of taxonomic revisions, a new spider family has not been discovered in nature since the 1890s.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 13 - The Geologic Record & Environmental Change

The environment in which we live is not static, and the 4.6 billion years of Earth history are a history of change.  Scientists in the Geology Department use cutting edge research to understand the formation of the solar system and the evolution of life on an ever-changing Earth.  

Walking through the public museum (chewing lice and sucking lice)

One thing about walking through the public exhibit areas is that you never know what you will overhear.  OK, sometimes you hear things you don’t want to hear, but just as often, good things get your attention.  I am not making up what I heard the other day on the way into the Fish Division. From behind me, I heard a guy say “look, chewing lice and sucking lice!” 

How do I get rid of the pest ants in my home?

Although many ants are quite beautiful and really have no interest in entering our homes, there are a few species that we call "household pests".  Depending on where you live resources to identify the particular ant species you have invading your home may or may not be possible, but knowing which species you are after can help.  

Collections Resource Center

In 2005, the 186,000 square foot Collections Resource Center was opened as a new facility for the storage of the Museum’s vast collections.  This new state-of-the-art facility was built on site, located below ground level and just south of the Museum’s historic building. It united many of the Museum’s diverse collections in a single place to provide extra space for larger anthropological and geological items and spark-proof storage for our many zoological specimens that are stored in alcohol.

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