Conservation scientist Dr. Lesley de Souza is working with the people of Guyana to establish a new protected area. Their goal is to safeguard a watershed for animals like the arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. Read more about Preserving the Migration of Giants: Guyana's Arapaima
Lesley de Souza does field work in the Amazon basin of South America, exploring waterways for fish species and working alongside indigenous communities. Read more about Women in Science: Lesley de Souza, Conservation Biologist
The use of the words “fact”, “hypothesis”, and “theory” in science can be confusing, especially if conducting research isn’t your everyday job! But these terms have specific meanings, and they’re part of an important process that scientists use to gather information about the world around us. First, some quick definitions—here’s how scientists at The Field Museum (and around the world) use these terms: Read more about What Do We Mean When We Talk About Facts in Science?
It's been an exciting year here at The Field Museum: we explored nature and culture all around the globe, continued making discoveries within our collections, and invited visitors to learn with us. To stay in touch and see what we're up to in 2017, sign up for our newsletter at fieldmuseum.org/newsletter and become a member at fieldmuseum.org/membership. Read more about 2016 By The Numbers
While many people think of bats and spiders around Halloween, we’ve found some equally spooky fishes to throw into the mix. Take a peek at five spooky fishes from The Field Museum’s collections. Read more about 5 Spooky Fishes From The Collection
I still want to know what happened to those fish that escaped from the dentist’s office in ‘Finding Nemo.’ Read more about Sucky Fish & Relationship Advice from Ants | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 3
In the Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. While the prehistoric shark Helicoprion went extinct millions of years ago and saltwater croc still roams today, these two competitors in the Scary Chompers category both have some impressive jaws. Saltwater crocodile: Patient, powerful attacker Vital stats: Read more about Extreme Animals Competition: Saltwater Crocodile v. Helicoprion
Sharks seem to have it all figured out, evolution-wise. Fossils of prehistoric sharks go all the way back to 450 million years ago, and sharks like the ones we know today emerged about 200 million years ago. This means that they survived the mass extinction that took out the dinosaurs and lived long before early human ancestors evolved less than two million years ago. So, what makes a shark a shark? Here are just a few of its unique physical features: Read more about What Makes a Shark a Shark?
These are just a few different ways that fathers from the animal kingdom stay involved as parents: Jawfishes jawfish.jpg Yellowhead jawfish. Photo via Flickr user Kevin Bryant. Read more about Dedicated Animal Dads That Care for Their Young
As we humans get ready to beat the summer heat, we’re taking a look at different ways animals thermoregulate, or keep internal body temperature stable. Here are just a few ways animals stay chill: Read more about Five Ways Animals Keep Their Cool