For Expeditions@FieldMuseum, we asked paleontologists Dr. Pete Makovicky and Nate Smith to document life in the field during their fossil-hunting expedition to Antarctica. Find out what it’s like to be a paleontologist, and discover the surprising environment and inhabitants of ancient Antarctica.

Paleontologist Pete Makovicky and his team undergo “Happy Camper Survival Training” on the Ross Ice Shelf where they learn how to build snow shelters, use special radio equipment, and survive white-out conditions. This is the fifth in a series of video reports documenting the team’s daily life and fieldwork during their expedition to Antarctica. Feel free to post any questions you might have by January 5th, and Pete and Nate will answer the top five FAQs in their written dispatches. To receive these dispatches via email, sign-up today at

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