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The Science Hub will explore Economic Botany with their newest exhibit opening this afternoon!

So what is Economic Botany? It refers to the study of “useful” plants and plant products, like ones used in medicine or clothing. The Field Museum’s Economic Botany collection dates to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, augmented by materials from other World’s Fairs and a steady stream of...
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03/23/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
This summer, not only will visitors be able to see real dinosaur fossils at The Field Museum, they’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals.

Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, Jurassic World: The Exhibition is set to open its gates at The Field Museum on May 26, 2017. The exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in...
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03/22/2017 at 14:40. Facebook
Today’s specimen (UC 22126) is a nautiloid cephalopod (Gyroceras matheri) from the Middle Devonian (380 million years old) of Columbus, Ohio. It is a distant relative to the modern day pearly, or chambered, Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius). The suture lines, showing where the chambers are in this specimen, are clearly visible (especially near the top of the shell). This cephalopod differs from...
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03/21/2017 at 15:40. Facebook
How many different kinds of trees grow in the Amazon? 11,676 unique kinds of trees have been discovered so far and Field Museum scientists are still searching for more.

The Field Museum has been a hotspot of research on Amazonian trees for the last 100 years. Today, discovering a new tree species in the Amazon still requires the same field effort that it did a century ago: collecting...
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A big step in the 300-year quest to find every tree species in the Amazon

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03/20/2017 at 14:23. Facebook
Meet Peggy Macnamara, Artist in Residence at The Field Museum. Throughout the years, Peggy has brought many of the Museum’s displays to life through her detailed watercolors. Learn more about her work and upcoming projects on our blog. #5WomenArtists

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03/19/2017 at 13:57. Facebook
"This piece was made before I switched over to carved heads. It represents my grandmother as a little girl standing beside her grandparents. The doll that she is holding symbolizes the doll that inspired me to start making artwork.

My grandmother also raised me, so sometimes I think of my own childhood when I see this piece. It has so many layers of meaning." - Rhonda Holy Bear

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03/18/2017 at 13:58. Facebook
Meet Lesley de Souza, Conservation Biologist. Lesley has been out on expedition in the jungles of South America, trekked through forests, and explored waterways for fish species. Learn more about her work as a conservation biologist at The Field Museum. #5WomenScientists

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Women in Science: Lesley de Souza, Conservation Biologist

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What do we have stored in our oversized geology storage? Take a 360 look as Bill Simpson, collections manager of fossil vertebrates, shares his expertise about the many fossils (and fossils in field jackets) stored in this space. #FossilFriday
We've got a couple of wild cats (Felis silvestris) and a Tyrannosaurus rex that are ready for the big game this afternoon. Good luck, Northwestern Men's Basketball! #B1GCats #MarchMadness #GoWildcats #FieldMuseum
We're continuing to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting even more of our scientists here at The Field Museum!

Curator of North American Anthropology Alaka Wali has worked on several exhibitions co-curated with Native American artists, done research in Chicago on social capacities for resilience, and continues to build our program of engaging communities in environmental conservation...
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Women in Science: Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology

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We're celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting some of our scientists here at The Field Museum!

Evolutionary biologist and entomologist Corrie Moreau has traveled to remote tropical locations to collect ant specimens, made new scientific discoveries, and continues to support and mentor students and young scientists through her work with the Field Museum Women In Science program...
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Women in Science: Corrie Moreau, Evolutionary Biologist and Entomologist

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There's still time to get tickets for tonight's showing of Sharknado! Join shark expert and Field Museum scientist Kevin Feldheim, and writer of Sharknado, Thunder Levin, for a screening of Sharknado at Music Box Theatre.

Kevin and Thunder will answer all of your questions about sharks and the film after the screening. Additionally, in honor of this shark-storm, Music Box Theatre will be...
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Cinema Science: Sharknado

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How do we encourage more women to become visible in STEM outreach? Hear what Emily has to say on The Brain Scoop. #WomenInScience

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What does “theory” really mean in science? It’s more than a guess or speculation.

Here, curator Ken Angielczyk looks at the differences in shells of turtles that live on land and in water to show how scientific theory shapes our understanding of the world:

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We're celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting artists and scientists here at the Museum!

Geology Collections Assistant Adrienne Stroup cares for fossils—and uses art to explore them in a different way.
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Women in Art: Adrienne Stroup, Geology Collections Assistant

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OPEN NOW—Journey into The Field Museum’s vast collections with Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life. Scientists from around the world are using our collections every day to solve scientific mysteries and explore the wonder of the natural world. #SpecimensFM

Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life will run through January 7, 2018. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit: [...
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Journey into The Field Museum’s vast collections with Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life. From rare deep sea-dwelling creatures to fossil brains to meteorites, there are over 30 million specimens and artifacts tucked away on shelves, in bins and cabinets, glass jars and acres of wooden drawers. They’re significant not only because of their number, but also because of the stories they...
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This photo shows a small portion of a 2 foot by 1.5 foot fossiliferous, shaly-limestone slab (UC 22850) of Maquoeta Shale from the Ordovician (445 million year ago). Arthur Slocom, The Field Museum’s first Curator of Fossil Invertebrates, collected this slab from Brainard, Iowa, around 1910.

In this photograph, over 100 different fossils are visible. (Anyone want to recount them for us?) We...
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It’s International Women's Day! At The Field Museum, we’re dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and increasing participation of women in the sciences. Our Women in Science group strives to eliminate gender bias through education, opportunity, mentoring, and dialogue.

For over 30 years, women pursuing careers in the life sciences have only made up 14.8% of full professors at top-tier research...
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From a tiny book on tea to a military report about camels, there are some fascinating finds in our Rare Book Room. And what is a "bookworm," really?

Here's a peek at some of these intriguing stories:

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