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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. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  2. Prairie Life

    A prairie is a unique ecological system that supports diverse plants and animals that depend upon each other for survival. Take a nature walk around your school to predict what plants' root systems look like underground and compare them with the prairie plant specimens in this box. Examine prairie mammals and birds up close to connect their physical characteristics with the prairie ecosystem. A few items in some of these boxes are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  3. 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
  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. Fossils

    What is a fossil? Fossils are the remains or traces of things that were once alive. They can be bones, teeth, tracks, or any sign of past plant or animal life, thousands to billions of years old. Fossils found worldwide help us understand the history of life on Earth. Research the history of life through the mini fossil record contained in this box! Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  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. Rocks and Minerals

    Rocks and minerals are the solid substances that make up Earth. Just like all matter on Earth, rocks and minerals are part of a constantly changing system that cycles through changes, in this case, the rock cycle. In this experience box students will observe samples of rocks and minerals to investigate physical and chemical properties, explore how these substances change over time and analyze the way humans do and can use rocks and minerals. Learn More

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