The Field Museum has some of the best taxidermy in the world, much of which was created over a hundred years ago. It got me wondering: is taxidermy itself considered a form of art today? Who decides - and where does it fit in with our ideas of contemporary art? So... we asked some taxidermists! Read more about Is Taxidermy ART?
Millipedes are incredibly successful and resilient. They’ve been in the business of vegetable waste management for the past 420 million years. Read more about Why Study Millipedes? These Small Creatures Impact the Earth in a Big Way
The monarch’s epic journey Read more about Monarch Butterflies 101
Given their long (520-million-year!) evolutionary history, there are thousands and thousands of extinct types of cephalopods. That’s way too many to write about, but I want to talk about shells and why cephalopods have such weird ones. Read more about What’s in a Shell? The Strange Shells of Cephalopods
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? Read more about Cephalopods to Wrap Around Your Head
I'm already super spoiled with great habitat dioramas and taxidermy at The Field Museum, but I had to jump at the chance to attend the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships to experience the latest innovations in taxidermy wildlife art for myself. Read more about I waited 4+ years for this: the World Taxidermy Championships!
A new study compares the physical characteristics of two similar octopus species that live on the ocean floor, as deep as 9,500 feet (almost 2,900 m) below the water’s surface. Read more about How Can You Tell Deep-Sea Octopuses Apart? Check Their Warts.
Wherein Mr. Wolf and Mr. Coyote both lose their skin. Read more about Coyote and Wolf Skinning
Prior to becoming part of the infamous duo Leopold and Loeb, convicted for kidnapping and murdering a 14-year-old neighbor, Nathan Leopold had been a birder and ornithologist. The Library owns one of only a couple of known copies of a booklet called Spring Migration Notes of the Chicago Area that Leopold helped compile. Read more about Spring Migration Notes...By a Murderer
The relationship between humans and wolves is prehistoric-- today, they are some of the most highly studied animals on our planet. In this video we look at the history of wolves in the United States, and how recent hybrid events between wolves and coyotes is throwing a big wrench into our understanding of these species and their futures. Read more about Wolves can be a bit Coy