Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals

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  1. 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. Learn More
  2. Pebbles, How Shaped by Erosion

    Investigate the long, complicated process of rock erosion that produces pebbles, and eventually, sand and soil. You will also get a glimpse of different geological patterns through diagrams and rock samples. Learn More
  3. Volcano

    Transport yourself to the edge of a volcano and take a long look into its complex core. You will learn about temperature differences in each layer of the volcano and figure out exactly what it takes to cause an eruption. Learn More
  4. Triceratops

    Investigate the sturdy "frill" that gave the Triceratops protection against others of its kind and against the dominant predator, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. These dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous period are theorized to have been plant eaters that organized themselves in big herds. Learn More
  5. Fossils From Rocks Near Chicago

    Unearth the life forms that lived in Chicago millions of years ago. Limestone forms the underlayer of the earth around Chicago, and contains an amazing array of fossils like corals, crinoids and trilobites, among others. Learn More
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Tyrannosaurus Rex Skull

    A full size fiberglass reproduction of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, mounted on a steel frame (5 ft x 4.5 ft x 5 ft). NOTE: $200 rental fee and additional transportation is the borrower's responsibility. Contact harris@fieldmuseum.org for more information. Learn More
  9. Aluminum and its Forms

    Explore the most versatile of all metals, aluminum can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can also be extruded, forged, and cast in molds. Aluminum is also often alloyed with other metals. Learn More
  10. Aluminum Production

    Explore the most versatile of all metals, aluminum can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can also be extruded, forged, and cast in molds. Aluminum is also often alloyed with other metals. Learn More

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