The Field Revealed

Every object in the collections of the Field Museum has a story to tell and we have more than 24 million of them. Each week we turn the spotlight onto the cases, cabinets and shelves behind the scenes and let our staff reveal the hidden stories from The Field Museum.

Frozen fruit bats

Conservation Biologist Steve Goodman has been working in Madagascar for more than 22 years, enjoy one of his stories from the field

We Are All Stardust

When a meteor hits the earth, there is the possibility that it brings something very rare along with it: cosmic stardust older than our Solar System.

What's In A Name?

Species names are important, and much like the species they refer to, names often change over time, too. Taxonomists have been struggling to keep track of them all since the origins of natural history. Binomial nomenclature, the standardized way in which scientists name species, was a major breakthrough.

My Life As A Malacologist

A malacologist is a person who studies clams and snails. But what motivates a person to become an expert in this field? Dr. Rüdiger Bieler gives us a quick look at his journey to becoming a malacologist.

Gilded Lady, The Mummy

Check out what happens when you put together a team of Anthropologists from The Field Museum, Egyptian mummies and a portable CT scanner.

Turtle Ants

Large workers of turtle ants have dish-like heads that they use to close the entrance of their nest and protect it from intruders. Check it out!

A Bird Of Paradise

The bird that never lands? Field Museum curator, John Bates, tells the story of this beautiful bird

Dear Benjamin Walsh

Charles Darwin was a prolific writer and Benjamin D. Walsh, Illinois' first entomologist, was one of his American correspondents.

Fossil Carrion Feeders

Take a closer look at the world's oldest fossils of carrion beetles and experience a unique view of these 165 million-year old fossils.