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May 31, 2018

Dr. Kevin Feldheim is interested in shark sex. Okay, shark reproduction. Like most vertebrates, sharks and their relatives reproduce sexually-- but while studying critically endangered sawfish (a very cool, very threatened cartilaginous fish), Kevin and his colleagues discovered something shocking: the female fish had...


May 15, 2018

Humor and storytelling are my two favorite devices for communicating science. My colleague Aimee Davis agrees: in a past life she was a classroom teacher, but after taking a series of classes at Chicago's hub of comedy, Second City, she decided on a new career. Today, here at the Field Museum, Aimee is tasked...


May 2, 2018

Would you ever think that calling up a natural history museum and asking for their 'crusties' would be a legitimate scientific request? Well, it is, and that's what Dr. Molly McDonough does. She studies mammals and their DNA, sometimes pulling out the genetic code from animals that have been dead for more than a...