Happy Independence Day!

This flag, which hangs on the Museum’s 4th floor, is a veteran of the Museum’s 1920s Central Asiatic Expeditions to the Gobi Desert, where important finds included numerous fossils of ancient reptiles, and the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Expedition leader Roy Chapman Andrews introduced motor vehicles for the long hauls across the desert, and the flag was placed on the lead truck. Its tattered condition resulted from a fierce sandstorm.  

Since 1990, new expeditions to the Gobi by the Museum with the Mongolian Academy of Sciences have made further important scientific finds, most notably a fossil embryo preserved in a dinosaur egg. The Andrews flag can be taken as a symbol not only of the Museum’s return to the Gobi but of its pioneering expeditions to the many places explored during its 145-year efforts to broaden scientific knowledge. 

I was tagged by the amazing keeptheearthbelowff for the Everlark drabble challenge with the theme of Everlark on an Expedition! 

So you guys get a cute ‘Me Katniss. You Peeta.” Tarzan and Jane parody. 

Since I was part of an ‘expanded’ part of this prompt, I’d like to expand it a little further, by simply calling it Panem-Themed instead of Everlark only. ^^ I never like to try and contain creativity, or lock it in to only one category.

I tag whiskeysnarkersabaceanbabe , and dispatchesfromdistrict7with a theme of Halloween. ^^ (Cuz we’re already singing the Nightmare before Xmas in this house, and it’s WONDROUS).


Fieldwork Journal: Mist Nets and Far-fetched Ideas
In this dispatch from the Museum expedition in Vanuatu, read about the team’s travels and their work securing specimens:

“On expeditions there is often very little time at a locality, so you have to work long hours to get all the work done. To make the most of our time, fieldwork often starts before sunrise and ends late in the evening. Our team was working almost around the clock. By all measures, the camp was really successful: we secured a number of important specimens and genetic samples for the Museum.”

Read the full post on the Museum blog.



Back in January, Emily went on a bat research expedition to Kenya with Bruce Patterson, Curator of Mammals, from The Field Museum. We just posted the first installment, but there will be many more to come!!

This video was actually edited by some super awesome Field Museum media producers Greg Mercer and Emily Ward for The Brain Scoop’s first ever feature exhibit! It’s this cozy little room with parts 1 & 2 of this series projected on one wall and a slideshow of the different bat species on another. If you’re in the Chicago area, you should check it out! It’s right by the Maori house on the second floor. :]