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Jun 13, 2018

Mammalogist Tyrone Lavery had heard rumors of a giant coconut-eating rat living somewhere, elusively, in the Solomon Islands. But after five years of searching, all he had to show for it was a mysterious poop. 

That is, until the giant rat fell from the sky. 


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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...

Apr 4, 2018


Back in January we held a meetup at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, and invited ExploreAStory listeners and Brain Scoop fans to share a story about a memorable experience they had in a museum, in nature, or while exploring the world around them. We split the recording from that day into two parts; here's 2/2!