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The Field Museum
12/07/2016 at 15:04. Facebook
Topaz is the hardest of all the silicate gemstones, and one of the hardest minerals known. In the Grainger Hall of Gems, only diamond, corundum, and chrysoberyl are harder. Topaz is mined all over the world. Some varieties, such as blue and white, are readily available and comparatively inexpensive, while shades of red are very rare and valuable.

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This March, the Museum will open a new exhibition, Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life, to highlight the hidden world of the Museum’s collections, delving into what the Field collects and why those specimens matter.

Specimens will run from March 10, 2017, through January 8, 2018. It will be included in Discovery and All-Access passes. For more information about Specimens, please visit:
The Field Museum
12/05/2016 at 14:58. Facebook
The Field Museum
12/03/2016 at 15:35. Facebook
Thank you to everyone who completed our exhibitions survey! Based on your feedback, we'll be installing a new touch screen display about Field Museum history and architecture. The digital rail will be installed and accessible in June of 2017.

Stay tuned for more updates!

© The Field Museum, GN91733_068d, Photographer C.D. Arnold.
The Field Museum
12/02/2016 at 15:15. Facebook
It’s #FossilFriday! Today, we’re looking at a frond from the Pteridosperm, Laveineopteris rarinervis, (that is 307 million years old) and from the Mazon Creek region of Northeastern Illinois. (Specimen PP 5606, to be exact!) Pteridosperms, which are sometimes call seed-ferns, are only distantly related to ferns. They were very common during the Carboniferous Period and then declined during the...
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The Field Museum
12/01/2016 at 15:17. Facebook
One of our prehistoric friends took a quick jaunt through Terracotta Warriors and couldn't help but strike a pose. Don't miss China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors before it goes "extinct" on January 8, 2017! #TerracottaFM

For information about the exhibition, please visit: [ Fieldmuseum.org Link ]
The Field Museum
11/30/2016 at 16:04. Facebook
Lights and holiday decorations are up! Take a peek at Stanley Field Hall before the Museum opened its doors this morning. ✨
As Fall gives way to Winter, young birds like this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, which could be up to two years old, have to learn to find food on their own. This individual was hunting in a shopping center parking lot in Evanston. The lack of a red tail indicates the bird's age. If you look closely, there is an aluminum U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band on its right leg, so more may be learned...
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Do you have time for a quick survey? The Field Museum is working on an exhibitions based project and needs your help! Follow the link below to participate in our survey:

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Meet the warriors who guarded a hidden empire #TerracottaFM

To learn more about China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors, visit: [ Fieldmuseum.org Link ]
Today's #FossilFriday is Megatherium, a Giant Ground Sloth. This skeleton belonged in Hall 38. These sloths could weigh up to 4 tonnes and measure up to 6 m (20 ft) in length from head to tail.

© The Field Museum, GEO79568.

To see more from the photo archives, visit: [ Field.mu Link ]
Are you eating a dish with corn today on Thanksgiving?

Maize, what we know as corn, has a long history in the Americas. It goes back about 9,000 years—way before what is widely considered the first Thanksgiving took place, at a 1621 gathering of the Wampanoag Indians and the colonists of Plymouth.

Follow the amazing journey of maize: [ Field.mu Link ]
What do Thanksgiving and this fossil ammonite have in common?

Some history behind the cornucopia ("horn of plenty") in this tale of two horns: [ Field.mu Link ]

Photo: Fossil ammonoid Arietites obtusus, 195 million years old. Photographed by Paul Mayer.
These turkey bones and eggshells from 1,500 years ago were discovered in Oaxaca, Mexico.

They provide new evidence about when turkeys were domesticated and how they were used. Field Museum archaeologist Gary Feinman says the eggs were an offering of ritual significance to the Zapotec people. The Zapotec people still live in Oaxaca today, and domesticated turkeys remain important to them....
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Promoting science and conservation and fostering intercultural understanding is our whole job over here at The Field Museum. We’ve always had a commitment to curiosity, and that’s not going to change now.

A Commitment to Curiosity.

We're taking a break from our regular content this week to share this message with you. It's more important than ever to remind ourselves who we are, and wha...

Time to take a trip back to the photo archives! Here we can see two mounted skeletons of Fossil South American Ground Sloth (Scelidodon), Megatherium gallordi composite. These specimens were collected during the Marshall Field Paleontological Expedition to Bolivia in 1927.

To see more photos from the archives, visit: [ Field.mu Link ]
How does technology help us study the collection? Emily caught up with Dr. Ryan Felice, Post-Doctoral Researcher at University College London, to talk about his work using a 3D surface scanner- aka the Amazing Laser.

Find out all about how scientists are using 3D scanners with The Brain Scoop!

The Amazing Laser

Wherein my mind is blown by technology, yet again. Please take our survey! We wanna know your thoughts! http://fieldmuseum.fluidsurveys.com/s/thebrainscoop/ ...

Ready to learn more about science happening right here at the Museum? Stop by the Discovery Squad carts in Stanley Field Hall to learn about specimens in our collection!

And don't forget to head over to the Grainger Science Hub (open today!) to learn about discoveries of the Jack Hills Conglomerate and other geological specimens in our collection.

To learn more about these programs, please...
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Horned Grebes (Podiceps auritus) are later Fall migrants passing through Chicago, with most individuals wintering along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. They are fish-eaters that can dive well using their lobed toes and strong hind legs to propel themselves after their prey. In the Spring, they have a gaudy plumage that includes yellow feather tufts on their head that give them their...
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