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  1. 300 Million Years Ago in Illinois

    The fossils from Mazon Creek, a Lagerst├Ątte near Chicago, continue to teach scientists much about the ecosystems of the Illinois area 300 million years ago. Examine the fossil evidence provided in this box to connect organisms in an ancient food web. Compare your food web with a modern ecosystem's food web. Were the trophic levels different hundreds of millions of years ago? Learn about the two biotas that existed during this time in Illinois: the Essex and the Braidwood. Then, based on the adaptations observed in the fossils, sort the fossils according to the biotas in which they probably lived. Learn More
  2. Coal Mine Model

    Dive into the difficult underground world of coal mining. Complete with tiny workers and machinery, this model exhibits the ways in which we locate and harvest this all-important fuel. Learn More
  3. Fossil Plants of Illinois

    These fossils are from Mazon Creek region in Northeastern Illinois. They are from the Pennsylvanian Period of over 300 million years ago. Marvel in the beauty of these plant shapes and forms, incredibly preserved in ironstone concretions. Learn More
  4. Dinosaur Dinners

    Because we mainly know them from their bones, reconstructing the habits of dinosaurs and other extinct animals can be a real challenge! But teeth can provide clues to an animal's diet. By looking at model skulls and fossil casts of teeth, jaws, and claws, discover what dinosaurs ate and, sometimes, how they got their food. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  5. A T-Rex Named Sue

    Meet Sue, the world's largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex, and one of The Field Museum's most famous residents! This box contains a Sue hand puppet, a replica of one of Sue's teeth, and casts of a T. rex's claw and skull. Learn More
  6. Hydrocarbons

    Discover the important elements that form the basis for natural gas, coal and bitumen. Natural hydrocarbons are all produced through delicate processes requiring thousands of years. Learn More
  7. Hominid Evolution

    Learn about the sweep of hominid evolution! Using skull casts of three distinct hominid species, explore how scientists use various measurements to distinguish between the different species. Create a hominid family tree and hold replicas of some of the first tools used by hominids during the early Stone Age. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  8. Dinosaurs in the Jurassic

    Learn about dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period! Enter the world of a paleontologist and role-play what it would be like to dig for fossils. Through close examination of dinosaur models, discover some of the unique features that helped these animals survive in the Jurassic Period. Learn More
  9. Origin of Coal

    Discover the incredibly time consuming process nature uses to create coal. Closely linked to fossilization, the various stages of coal production are displayed in samples here. Learn More
  10. Dinosaur Eggs (Troodon)

    Unearth the buried eggs of the Troodon, a small raptor (about the size of a fourth grader). This dinosaur stayed in packs to for better hunting and protection of eggs. Learn More

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