2 Extinctions, 1 New Species, and… chess?| Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 5

2 Extinctions, 1 New Species, and… chess?| Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 5


hey and welcome back this week we’ve got scientists exploring previously unstudied forest in Uganda an homage to two lost species of beetles a mushroom with a smelly name and why we sent a turtle to the World Chess Hall of Fame let’s go but first a moment to remember our lost invertebrate friends unfortunately friends new news is not always good news in the natural history world let us take a moment to remember two species which have recently been declared extinct Stephan’s riffle beetles of Arizona and the Tatum cave beetle of Kentucky both sat and protection limbo for decades with population numbers dwindling in the face of human development and drought from climate change here at the Field Museum we are proud to house the type specimen of the Tatum cave beetle the individual that was used to describe the rest of its group to both of your species I’m sorry we let you go extinct but I hope by sharing your story we can encourage you our viewers to champion and imperiled species thank you to those entomologists who contributed their knowledge to these discoveries into the field for housing some members of their species field museum specimens not mere pawns in chess exhibit it’s not unusual for field museum scientists to send specimens to other museums and research institutions last year we loaned out 42 thousand specimens all over the world but for perhaps the first time a group of specimens were sent to be on display in a new exhibit about chess the world chess Hall of Fame in st. Louis Missouri has a new exhibit called Animal Vegetable mineral and it showcases highlights of the dr. George and Vivian Dean chess set collections there are 37 sets on display in each one of those is either based off of elements of the natural world or was created using natural materials a couple highlights include is set with carved insects pieces from 1790 that were scientifically accurate enough to be identified to the species level there’s also a set made from polished tortoiseshell from the early 1900s and displayed alongside those sets our field museum specimens this exhibit aims to celebrate the natural wonders of the world and it brings art nature and craft together under the umbrella of a globally recognized pastime after all chess has been around for about 1,500 years and is played all over the world even wizards like chess although these chess sets were created for the purpose of entertainment and display they’ve become important historical artifacts and that they represent the ways in which people have interacted with various natural materials in the past especially considering many of the materials used to make the sets are now limited in availability or in the case of the tortoiseshell are now endangered species this exhibit will run until March 2017 so if you’re in st. Louis get a taste of science and chess history in one go checkmate first vertebrate survey conducted in northern Uganda Forest recently Field Museum researchers and associates Holly Lutz Julian Curtis and Josh Engel spent a month in the northern parts of Uganda with collaborators from Meharry University in Kampala their goal was to study the birds and mammals of to remote highland regions in the far northern parts of the country field correspondent Emily graslie has more on the story thanks Emily the scientists first stop was Mount Warren goal and was only the third time an inventory of birds and mammals had been conducted in the area in the whole history of the world Gally the next stop was a Goro R Wu Forest Preserve which protects the Ugandan side of the Emmett on mountains that flew into South Sudan although a field museum ornithologist visited the South Sudan site in 1977 this recent expedition was the first biological survey in the montane forests on the Ugandan side the field team collected a number of species for Hollies research which investigates the microbial communities aka germ Parties of those specimens primarily bats her past research has examined things like parasite diversity and how diseases like malaria spread between Birds that’s right bird malaria and bad germ parties thanks Emily always exciting to learn more about not done now we’re here in northern Vietnam with field curator Petra Cyr Wald who’s collecting millipedes and arachnids with collaborators from Alabama Italy in Brazil they’re especially interested in studying the diversity of those millipede families and the genetic relationship of tarantulas they also held a workshop focused on training eight young students from Vietnam Cambodia and Indonesia about proper specimen collecting techniques now we can go back to you Wow okay thanks Emily I appreciate your dedication to the job now let’s go to a story about mushrooms a mushroom for Chicago new species discoveries are always exciting but even more so when they’re named for your city and also you can eat them mycologists aka mushroom experts from the Field Museum the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University have named this bright yellow chanterelle found in the region kentrell a Chicago wences in honor of the great city of Chicago and as mentioned it is edible and it doesn’t happen to come with any psychedelic effects either the fields Patrick Leacock tells us there are more than a thousand species of mushrooms in the Chicago area with new ones being discovered thanks to the productive collaborations between professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike the name Chicago is from a Menominee word for a place where smelly onions grow Chicago or skunk place how endearing is your city named after a foul odor let us know in the comments below hey and thanks for watching this episode of natural news from the Field Museum you know when I was doing all this research about chess I came across a lot of interesting chess sets like one that could be played by four people and another one that was three-dimensional so I want to know if you guys know of any interesting sets let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out our next episode on the brain scoop which is about an amazing laser stay tuned smells like knowledge

100 thoughts on “2 Extinctions, 1 New Species, and… chess?| Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 5

  1. i grew up in Sulby Valley on the Isle of Man- which translates to Garlic Valley. in the summer there is so much wild garlic the whole valley smells delicious!

  2. Emily, thanks for helping to inspire me to study art and natural history – I just got a job as a curatorial assistant at the Florida Museum of Natural History! Keep up the good work – this is my favorite youtube channel!

  3. SO happy to see some great science in the midst of this week! Keep on bringing the best of it, Emily! fistbump

  4. I don't know of any other town name based on smell, but nearby Cedar Rapids does have the joking moniker, City of Five Smells… On some days you can tell what type of breakfast cereal is being made.

  5. Waited till the end for the …It still has brains on it

    Was somewhat disappointed 🙁

    Other than that, great video and a great new segment for the channel!

  6. When I was a kid and staying at an uncle's chalet for a few days, me and my cousin wanted to play chess but neither of us has brought our set. We made our own using tree branches that we "sculpted" to look like the appropriate pieces. We left the bark on the black pieces and removed it on the white ones. It would not have win any art contest but it entertained us.

  7. if i ever discover a new thing it will have the best name proably somthing like AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AKNFJB AUDHV{UIHAUWFHUHA steve or something retarded you know for science

  8. OH NO DON'T YOU DARE, FIELD MUSEUM? D'YOU HEAR ME ? DO YOU HEAR ME ? IT DOES'T SMELL LIKE KNOWLEDGE, IT STILL HAS BRAINS ON IT… Thanks for understanding.

  9. here in Germany we have some strange citynames, too. But we have them in plain text, not encrypted like your Chicago. to name a few: "Pißdorf" (literally translated "pee village"), or "Hundeluft" (translates to "Dog-Air)… on a sidenote: Austria has a village called "F*cking" <– thats the german word, not a translation 😉

  10. I still can't get over how much the Field Correspondent sections feel like the Leslie Knope's emergency drill video in Parks and Rec.

  11. KIDS! There is such a thing as a False Chanterelle, which may be poisonous, and a Jack-o-Lantern Mushroom, which is definitely poisonous. True chanterelles smell like a mixture of apricots and pepper, and often (but not always) have crooked gills that make them look like pruny fingers. When in doubt, leave it in the ground.

  12. My town is named after some obscure dead guy, but my aunt lives in Waxahachie, whose name means "Buffalo Chips" in a Native American language (I forgot which language).

  13. I'm going to school to study ecology, evolution, and behavioral biology. I was researching a little bit about how I can work as a biologist and looks like I must do post-doc work. This kind of work isn't that secure and pays very little, and I want to raise a family one day. I would hate to have to science and go do something else because I really love biology and I want to do scientific research. Can you please make a video and post-doc work and why is it that going into scientific field is not incentivized and often punishing?

  14. There is over 40 species that go extinct every years due to humans. this is concerning. People have actually argued with me and said " well we are finding more species than are going extinct " ……… First of all just because we are justing finding them now doesn't mean they are just suddenly appearing from no where. They were all ready extisting hence how we found them. And it's the global scale that's concerning. Diminishing life forms globally effects everyone and everything. We are wiping out species before we even know they exist and this problem has to be addressed now with no hesitation.

  15. My city is called Minneapolis, and the name comes from the Dakota word "mni", meaning water and the Greek "polis", meaning city, and it's often referred to as the "City of Lakes" or the "Mill City" because of the many flour mills once situated on the banks of the Mississippi.

  16. Completely serious question here.

    What is the scientific argument for preventing species from going extinct? I don't mean the shallow simple idea that more biodiversity is good. I mean given that the way evolution functions is through the death of species that can't adapt to their environment and humans are a natural force in the environment, what is gained beyond warm and fuzzy feelings from saving species? Not that warm and fuzzy feelings wouldn't be good enough on their own, I'm interested if there is an argument grounded in science and not feelings.

    I've given a lot of thought to the ethics of this as part of investigating vegetarian/veganism and come to the conclusion that there either is no ethical stance for them or that life is inherently unethical. I only bring this up to explain why I am not concerned in this question about ethics. I'm curious if it is somehow better for life itself to protect endangered species. I can't see how, but I haven't given it all due thought.

  17. I was born in a town about three hours south of Chicago called Normal. While it's not named after a smelly odor, it is a strange name for a town

  18. Emily, I'm going to be visiting the Field Museum next week! I'm not sure how much time I'll be able to devote to the Museum, since I only have about 10 hours to see as much of Chicago as I can squeeze in. What current exhibits would you recommend the most?

  19. I wish my city was named after a smell, it's just named after some British guy. But the suburb of Indooroopilly where I live translates to Valley of Cockroaches in the native Indigenous language.

  20. Hey all, love your videos. I think the cutesy fake remote correspondent bits just aren't a good fit though. (They're not funny, clever, witty, or endearing 🙂 Sorry to be the bearer of bad news 🙂

  21. I like Chess in the round, http://www.chessvariants.com/shape.dir/chess_in_the_round.html
    Mostly because i came up with the same design independently and recently found it.

  22. All right, Brainscoopers (that's our name, right? Do we have a name?) the Nat News set reminded me of something I've wanted for a while- I need – NEED I TELL YOU- a toy or a plush of one of the creatures in the Horse evolutionary line. I'd love a Mesohippus, but I'd be a-okay with a Merychuppus or Eohippus. HELP ME INTERNET!

  23. the Mary Hill Museum in Washington state has an extensive chess set collection. sets are made of a variety of materials, in many unique styles and are from all over the world. the museum also has a really good Rodin exhibit and a large Native American art work/crafts exhibit.

  24. "Smells like knowledge"… Unfortunately this is the internet and I can't smell through my monitor. What does it smell like? Like a dead dog? Like a cool mountain breeze? Maybe, Chicago.

  25. heyyy you tease us with 4-player and 3D-chess and then no link? come onnnnn.

    well ok, I'll google it.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-dimensional_chess
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-player_chess

    The 3-player board someone posted below is pretty amazing too.

  26. Not the official name, but Melbourne, Victoria, Australia was widely knows as "Smellbourne" during the 1880's due to rapid population growth following the Victorian gold-rush of 1851-1860's, and lack of proper sewage infrastructure.

  27. I collect rooks from chess sets and I have ones from all different kinds of chess sets, one of the best ones is an elephant from "African chess" and I've got the towers from "Lord of the Rings chess" (those are my favorite ones, especially because I love LOTR)

  28. My town was not named for something smelly, but living in Portland, OR I can tell you that there was a coin flip and if the Portland guy hadn't won, the town would have been named Boston. Bridge City for the win!

  29. How amazing would it be if this could become a full length TV show.
    But I like it on the internet just fine.

    Those chess pieces are beautiful, and I don't even like Chess.

  30. My town is named after a town in another state..which got it's name from a town in Ireland. The name means high grounds or hills.

  31. Sitka Alaska from the Tlinget words Sheet ka means by the sea or ocean. That can be a pretty smelly place to be, by the ocean.

  32. @thebrainscoop

    Emily! Please do an episode on vaquitas! I think that would be awesome and anything we can do to possibly keep them off the extinct list would help! They will probably go extinct in 2018, sadly. So let's do something about it!

  33. I remember seeing a chess variant where the board had been diced into tetris-like jigsaw chunks. You'd take turns setting out board chunks, then you'd claim the last couple rows on your side and took turns setting out the chess pieces. Then you play a game of chess. The board ends up with branches, holes, and loops, so your standard playbooks may not apply.

    I guess it would be similar to playing chess on top of a finished game of dominoes.

  34. I really like the other format better.. It was more interesting to have the other specialists in there discussing their craft and ideas with you while in their own environment.

    I have found myself to phase out less than a minute into each of these episodes, and have pretty much not watched any of it (but have watched end to end every episode up to this new series).

    please go back to taking us through the museum from an insiders point of view, that was far more interesting! please!!

  35. My city is called Grass Valley and a lot of people here smoke "grass" so yeah mine is named after a kinda gross smell.

  36. I spent some time in Swakopmund, Namibia. It's name is German for mouth of the Swakop. The Swakop river's name was derived from the Nama Damara name for the river, Tsoa-xaub. Tsoa means anus, and xaub is a word for things found inside of poop. Seasonally the river is either dried out or flowing with massive amounts of stinky sludge and dead animals.

    I'll take Chicago's stinky onion land over Swakopmund's anus poop mouth any day.

    PS: My daughter and I both love your show. Thanks for putting so much into it.

  37. Sea turtles are so not tortoises! C'mon, Emily! I expected more from the champion of accurate identification of Dimetrodon.

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