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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences at The Field Museum are focused on paleontology, systematics, evolutionary theory and meteoritics. Most of our paleontologists take an interdisciplinary approach in their research programs, combining fossil and living organisms together to extract information of broad evolutionary significance. Current research within the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies is on presolar grains to afford insights into our parent stars and the history of our Galaxy.

Our geological collections of fossils and meteorites are world renowned, drawing researchers from around the globe. Field Museum scientists, together with colleagues at local universities, form one of the nation's largest concentrations of paleontologists, and one of the key meteoritics research groups in the world. They are active in education through the training of graduate and undergraduate students, the development of exhibits, and a number of special programs for the public.

The Field Museum collections of fossils and meteorites are world renowned, drawing researchers from around the globe to study them. The scientists in the Department of Geology, together with colleagues at local universities, form one of the nation's largest concentrations of paleontologists, and one of the key meteoritics research groups in the world. The Department's staff are active in education through the training of graduate and undergraduate students, the development of exhibits, and a number of special programs for the public.