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I'm Lichen this Car Door [60 Second Specimens]

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Published on Jul 24, 2018

Exciting discoveries can be found in the most unremarkable of places... like, on this rusty car door, for example.

Field Museum scientists and their collaborators came across this 1984 Ford Bronco parked on the side of the road in Puerto Rico during a research expedition. They were looking for lichens: plant-like organisms that are comprised of a symbiotic relationship between an algae, and a fungus. After trying to figure out how to get the entire vehicle back to the Field in Chicago, they settled on taking the door. Today, we're still learning new things about the lichens that call this rusty door home.

More 60 Second Specimen stories:
Murder by Birder: https://youtu.be/F-ohbDZaYVg
The playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

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Created by:
Emily Graslie -- Brandon Brungard -- Sheheryar Ahsan
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This episode is filmed at and supported by The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
http://www.fieldmuseum.org
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