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A new study by Field Museum scientists, published today in Nature Astronomy, shows that today’s rare meteorites were once common.

Four hundred and sixty-six million years ago, there was a giant collision in outer space. Something hit an asteroid and broke it apart, sending chunks of rock falling to Earth as meteorites since before the time of the dinosaurs. But what kinds of meteorites were...
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Meet the brewers from Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. See drinking vessels from the collections and hear about how beer shaped different cultures around the globe. And taste the newly released Pseudo SUE beer while standing next to SUE.

All net proceeds benefit The Field Museum directly. You must be 21 with a valid ID to purchase tickets and enter the event.

Hop To It at The Field Museum with Toppling Goliath

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01/22/2017 at 15:03. Facebook
When it comes to morning workout routines, there’s no lack of action at The Field Museum! We caught up with a few enthusiastic (and prehistoric) pals to take us through the paces. When they lived about 65-70 million years ago, T. rex probably reached a top speed of 18 miles per hour.

Learn more about SUE, and the changing view of T. rex, here: [ Link ]
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01/21/2017 at 15:05. Facebook
Join us for PlayLab Accessibility Days, a new program designed to create a private, welcoming, and tailored experience for groups of individuals with disabilities to enjoy the opportunities that the PlayLab provides for hands-on learning and exploration.

PlayLab Accessibility Days take place on Tuesdays when the PlayLab is closed to the general public. Registration is required.

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01/20/2017 at 14:57. Facebook
It's #PenguinAwarenessDay! Can you see what this emperor penguin is hiding between his feet?

It’s an egg! Male emperor penguins are in charge of keeping eggs safe and warm by resting them on their feet and covering them with a flap of feathered skin called a brood pouch. For two months, the male emperor penguins eat nothing and must survive the Antarctic winter to keep their egg alive.

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01/19/2017 at 15:08. Facebook
This week we have more research happening in The Field Museum’s Fossil Invertebrate collection! Bruce Lauer is taking photos of a Mazon Creek Cyclus fossil, a small arthropod that lived 307 million years ago in Illinois. This group of arthropods (the cycloids) went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period. There is debate about how these animals should be classified. The photos are for a...
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01/18/2017 at 18:31. Facebook
It's #MuseumSelfie Day! Share your favorite Field Museum selfies with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. SUE the T. rex especially wants to see your shots, so don't forget to also tag your #SUESelfie(s) too.

We can't wait to see your shots!
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01/17/2017 at 15:17. Facebook
Birds are a common theme in tattoos. The bird that's most often represented? Bald Eagle. But many other birds, real and imagined, are frequently used as well. These are a few examples of birds from our Tattoo exhibition. Do you have a bird tattoo? Let's see it! #TattooFM

Check out these tattoos, and more, before the exhibition heads out on April 30: [ Link ]
What does it means to protect and conserve areas of the rainforest? Join The Brain Scoop as Emily talks with Corine Vriesendorp, Ph.D., MacArthur Sr. Conservation Ecologist about her work in the Andes-Amazon region.

How to Protect the Rainforest

For our final installment in the Amazon Adventures series, I interviewed expedition leader Corine Vriesendorp about what it means to protect and conserve are...

It's a free basic admission day for IL residents today!

Free Admission Day

Today is also #WorldReligionDay. This funerary stela from Egypt, dating to the late 4th century C. E., features a man dressed in Roman-style clothes with his hands raised upright in a gesture of prayer. The brief inscription refers to him as “Father John,” so he was probably a monk. The stela combines elements of ancient Egypt, Roman culture, and early Christianity showing how these very...
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Today is #NationalHatDay! We reached out to our colleague Justin McCarthy (Yup’ik) from the Burke Museum in Seattle to tell us about this bentwood hat from our Native North American collections:

Makucit nacat pilarait Ugtarcurcuutmek wall’u Ciayamek. These hats are called an ugtarcurcuun or ciayaq, in Central Alaskan Yup’ik. The word ugtarcurcuun translates as a device for hunting seals on...
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With long beaks for snipping and broad, deep skulls that would have supported strong jaw muscles, rhynchosaurs (RINK-uh-sorz) were equipped for eating tough plant materials. These reptiles were a common sight during the middle of the Triassic Period. But by the end of the Triassic, they were gone.

See this specimen and more in Evolving Planet, located on the second floor of the Museum. For...
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Watch tattoo artist Oliver Peck of Elm Street Tattoo at work in The Field Museum’s tattoo shop in honor of Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins' birthday. This demonstration will take place today between 1:00pm and 4:30pm.

Live tattoo demonstrations are free with purchase of an All-Access or Discovery Pass that includes Tattoo. All ages may enter the exhibition, but guests under 18 must be...
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Live Tattoo Demonstration
Take a peek inside our Fossil Mammal Range for #FossilFriday!

What you see here is just a small section of our fossil mammal collection—in total, we have more than 100,000 fossil mammals including 73,000 that are cataloged.

In this particular room, we care for and study "young" fossils (2 million years to present), like glyptodonts, giant ground sloths, and marsupials from South America;...
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The Hall of Asian Mammals features some of the world's best taxidermy, combining awesome animals in interesting, accurate poses, with beautiful backdrops. The attention to detail is extraordinary. And it's a detail that an ornithologist notices first about the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) diorama—the leopards' prey.

It's a Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra), a spectacular pheasant found in...
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Did you know that scientists from around the world visit The Field Museum to study our collections? This week Dr. Ulrich Jansen, from the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, is visiting the Fossil Invertebrate collection. Dr. Jansen is examining Devonian brachiopod fossils (400 million year old seashells) and comparing specimens from North America...
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Winter fire brings...spring flowers?

Our ecologists used a controlled burn to encourage the growth of native plants in the Calumet region of Indiana. Here's how: [ Link ]

Get involved in habitat restoration by joining us for a workday this Saturday! More: [ Link ]
What caused two African lions to attack and consume railway workers in Tsavo, Kenya? Over the years, different theories as to what motivated these attacks have varied, and The Brain Scoop got to talk with two experts who are working towards finding an answer.

For more information on the Tsavo Lions, visit: [ Link ]

The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

In 1898, two African lions began attacking and consuming railway workers in Tsavo, Kenya. First reports estimated that 135 people fell victim to these "man-e...

At the end of the day we say goodbye to our visitors from China, the terracotta warriors.

Don't miss your opportunity to see them before we close tonight, at 6pm (last admission at 5pm)! #TerracottaFM

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