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  1. Ice Age Mammals

    This box contains models of mammals (and their teeth!) that could be found in the Chicago region 12,000 years ago. Look at the animals' physical characteristics and infer their evolutionary advantages. Discuss some of the physical changes that happened as Amebelodons evolved into mammoths and modern elephants. Debate what caused these changes and identify relationships among these animals based on their teeth. Learn More
  2. Dinosaurs in the Cretaceous

    Become a paleontologist! Use the models from this Experience Box to ask the questions that paleontologists ask about dinosaurs and their fossil remains. Examine casts of dinosaur bones up close and learn more about how they lived. Learn More
  3. Interior of the Earth

    Dig underneath the Earth's surface to get a glimpse of the great stratification found there. Examine the surface and notice how much denser and more compact the inward layers become. Learn More
  4. Tyrannosaurus Rex Skull

    A full size fiberglass reproduction of a the Wankel Tyrannosaurus rex's skull. The complete Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex is now on display in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. This is not a replica of SUE. Permanently mounted on a rolling wood and steel platform (5 ft x 4.5 ft x 5 ft). Does not fit through most standard size doors. NOTE: $200 rental fee and additional transportation is the borrower's responsibility. Contact harris@fieldmuseum.org for more information. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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