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. Read more about How many trees are there in the Amazon?
This small, broken lobster fossil Hoploparia stokesi UC 9705 is the first fossil to be described from Antarctica and was named in honor of F. W. Stokes. The fossil might not look like much but it has some interesting stories to tell. Read more about Antarctica Lobster Fossil
Collections Assistant Jim Louderman wears many hats (some of which are tarantulas). In addition to preparing specimens for the Field Museum's Insect Collection, he collects insects and arachnids around Illinois and the central U.S., and participates in numerous public outreach programs. Read more about Video: The Man Who Mistook His Tarantula for a Hat
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. Read more about New spider reminds us: it's still a big world
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. Read more about Video: Fossil Carrion Feeders
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. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 15 - Trilobite Evolution
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. Read more about Science at FMNH : Ep. 13 - The Geologic Record & Environmental Change
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!” Read more about Walking through the public museum (chewing lice and sucking lice)
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. Read more about How do I get rid of the pest ants in my home?
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.Read more about Collections Resource Center