If you've enjoyed following along with Dr. Moreau's expedition and would like to learn more about ants, DNA sequencing, and the evolutionary forces that shape genes, consider planning a visit to some of the following exhibitions at The Field Museum.
Insects: 105 Years of Collecting
The Field Museum's entomologists have accumulated one of the largest collections of insects in the Western Hemisphere. The Museum's collection is expanding constantly through field work, purchases, and donations. Some of the most remarkable specimens—along with fascinating collectors' stories—are presented in the Small Treasures Gallery. Come and see giant beetles and butterflies, 40 million-year-old insects in amber, and other wonders.
Enter a whole new world—the soil beneath your feet. Find out how life underground sustains the life above it, and why it matters to us. Soil is a rich habitat for many amazing creatures, including ants and more. Take a moment to view the Underground Adventure website where you can enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibit, try soil exploration activities with your children, and find out what it feels like to be a half-inch tall by "transmogrifying!"
DNA Discovery Center
Discover what DNA is, how it works, and what it can tell us about all life on Earth—including ourselves. At the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice DNA Discovery Center, you can experience the Field Museum's Pritzker Laboratory, a working state-of-the-art DNA research facility where dozens of scientists are currently analyzing the DNA of thousands of different species—from the fungi of Antarctica to the ants of Australia. To learn more, visit the DNA Discovery Center website!
How did life on Earth evolve? Explore the awe-inspiring process—and the science that reveals it—in a spectacular journey through four billion years of life on Earth. Unique fossils, animated videos, hands-on interactive displays, and recreated sea- and landscapes help tell the compelling story of our evolving planet. To learn more, visit the Evolving Planet website!