Amphibians & Reptiles

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.

What Do We Mean by “Theory” in Science? (And How Turtle Shells Can Help Explain)

In a previous blog post, I talked about the definition of “fact” in a scientific context, and discussed how facts differ from hypotheses and theories. The latter two terms also are well worth looking at in more detail because they are used differently by scientists and the general public, which can cause confusion when scientists talk about their work.

Black and white photo of a man with a mustache, next to a dried plant specimen

The Mystery of a Forgotten Botanist and a Rare Frog

Part of a Field Museum scientist’s work is continuing to uncover new things about specimens that were collected a long time ago, adding new information that enhances our understanding of the natural world. When one Field Museum collections manager started asking questions about a small frog he was studying, he didn’t suspect it would lead down such a winding road.

We’ve got ’em! Meet the Real-Life Amphibians and Reptiles of Pokémon

We’ve got ’em…in glass jars! The worldwide phenomenon of Pokémon was originally inspired by the practice of collecting insects, which is something we still do at the Museum today. In the midst of battling monsters and stopping criminal organizations, it’s easy to forget that, at the start of every Pokémon game, every player is sent out on a journey to complete the PokéDex, a digital encyclopedia of every Pokémon known to man.

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