Species Discoveries

New butterfly species named for Field Museum’s Emily Graslie

As the Field Museum’s chief curiosity correspondent, Emily Graslie has plunged elbow-deep into wolf guts, dug up 52-million-year-old fish fossils and unpacked species classification using candy as stand-ins. Graslie gives the public behind-the-sce...
researchers collecting fish

Rain & Loaches in Thailand

Collecting in the field can run the gamut from spending a beautiful day walking along a pristine river to being shot at for getting too close to protected land....
map shows snake locations in Florida

Researchers rename three state kingsnakes as separate species

Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have reclassified three types of kingsnakes found in the state, elevating them to species status. Fossil records and DNA analyses show the Florida kingsnake, eastern kingsnake and Eastern Apalachicola L...

George Washington’s little buttercup

How an extinct ancestor of buttercups and poppies is helping solve Darwin’s 'abominable mystery' An ancient relative of buttercups, the new genus and species ...
By infusing a specimen with iodine and using a micro-CT scanner, Florida Museum researcher David Blackburn is able to view the nervous system of the Burundi screeching frog, Arthroleptis schubotzi.

What lies within

New micro-CT scanner allows inside view of even the tiniest fossils Infusing a specimen with iodine allows researchers using a micro-CT scanner to view the ne...