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  • EarthViewer

    EarthViewer

    Click & Learn

    Download the accompanying student worksheet under "Downloads." What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.

  • Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Apps and eBooks

    Examine the history and causes of past mass extinctions, and the evidence for whether we are facing a sixth mass extinction, with this interactive eBook.

  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Short

    (7 min 18 sec) This animated short film tells the engaging tale of the discovery of the coelacanth.

  • Animated Life

    Animated Life

    Collection

    These five short films, produced in conjunction with The New York Times, bring to life five historical scientific discoveries and the people behind them: Alfred Russel Wallace and his contribution to...

  • Mass Extinctions Interactive

    Mass Extinctions Interactive

    Click & Learn

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Feature Film

    Five times in Earth’s past, the vast majority of plant and animal species have been annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events, and what might they tell us about the fate of our world?

  • Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (33 min 43 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • Animated Life: Pangea

    Animated Life: Pangea

    Animated Short

    (7 min 36 sec) The story of Alfred Wegener, who came up with the idea that continents once formed a single landmass and had drifted apart. Also available in Spanish.

  • Dodging Extinction

    Dodging Extinction

    Lecture

    (31 min 12 sec) What steps can be taken to avoid the sixth mass extinction?

  • The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    Click & Learn

    Explore key human impacts on the environment and how they have affected Earth’s landscape, ocean, atmosphere, and biodiversity with this engaging interactive. 

  • The Making of Mass Extinctions

    The Making of Mass Extinctions

    Poster

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • Explore Extinctions

    Explore Extinctions

    Collection

    BioInteractive provides free classroom resources on subjects ranging from evolution to human health to the workings of the biosphere. We are pleased to offer educators materials to help you use...

  • Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Scientists at Work

    (9 min 15 sec) Prehistoric extinction rates are calculated from fossil data in a paleodatabase and compared to today’s extinction rate.

  • The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    Poster

    The poster supporting the 2014 Holiday Lectures, Biodiversity in the Age of Humans, illustrates many ways that humans are affecting the earth.

  • Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Lecture

    Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems?

  • Great Transitions Interactive

    Great Transitions Interactive

    Click & Learn

    The fossils of transitional creatures were key evidence for Darwin’s evolutionary theory, but none had been found when he published On the Origin of Species. Now, there are many examples of such fossils, which clearly show that big evolutionary leaps consist of many smaller steps.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods, which tells the story of the discovery of Tiktaalik, a creature with features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.

  • Digging Your Inner Fish

    Digging Your Inner Fish

    Image of the Week

    Tiktaalik roseae, also known as the “fishapod,” is an animal that lived about 375 million years ago, with features of fish and four-legged animals.

  • Finding the Crater

    Finding the Crater

    Activity

    This hands-on activity requires students to “visit” different K-T boundary sites.

  • Geological History of Oxygen

    Geological History of Oxygen

    Click & Learn

    Explore the changes in oxygen levels throughout Earth’s history and discover their impact on life.

  • Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Click & Learn

    Earth's climate is a complex system controlled by many factors. This Click and Learn will examine the two most important factors: solar radiation and the composition of Earth's atmosphere. Worksheet available in Spanish.

  • The Day the Mesozoic Died

    The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Short Film

    (33 min 43 sec) The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. Also available in Spanish.

  • EarthViewer Data Files

    EarthViewer Data Files

    Activity

    Summaries and links to the data files used to create the charts in EarthViewer, including the APK file to manually install the app.

  • Deep History of Life on Earth

    Deep History of Life on Earth

    Click & Learn

    The record of life on Earth stretches over 3 billion years. Deep time and Earth history are keys to understanding the present.

  • Daly's Model of Subduction

    Daly's Model of Subduction

    Animation

    (2 min 19 sec) An early model of continental drift proposed that parts of continental plates can sink into the mantle, allowing for movement.

  • Continental Movement Over the Past 200 Million Years

    Continental Movement Over the Past 200 Million Years

    Animation

    (1 min 1 sec) The breakup of a supercontinent into several smaller continents explains the distribution of fossil and geologic evidence.

  • Arctic Island Was a Tropical Island 500 Million Years Ago

    Arctic Island Was a Tropical Island 500 Million Years Ago

    Animation

    (47 sec) Reconstructing past continental plate movements reveals the island of Spitsbergen was tropical 500 million years ago.

  • How To Find a Dinosaur

    How To Find a Dinosaur

    Scientists at Work

    (4 min 5 sec) Dr. Lyson describes dinosaur digs as well as his focus on prehistoric turtle fossils.

  • Isostasy is Key to Understanding Continental Drift

    Isostasy is Key to Understanding Continental Drift

    Clip

    (50 sec) The concept that continents float on a pliable mantle is an important element of the theory of continental drift.

  • Discussion with Students on The Day The Mesozoic Died Short Film

    Discussion with Students on The Day The Mesozoic Died Short Film

    Lecture

    (42 min 27 sec) Students discuss the short film after a screening at the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science.

  • Building Scientific Knowledge: The Story of Plate Tectonics

    Building Scientific Knowledge: The Story of Plate Tectonics

    Lecture

    (57 min 59 sec) The theory of plate tectonics took many decades to become accepted. The process by which it was finally accepted provides a fascinating glimpse into how scientists build new scientific consensus.

  • The Deep History of a Living Planet

    The Deep History of a Living Planet

    Lecture

    (1 hr 28 min 29 sec) Microbes have been the dominant life form throughout Earth's history. Eukaryotes and animals evolved only after microbes evolved oxygen-generating photosynthesis.

  • Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Lecture

    Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth's climate in the distant past tell us about the future?

  • Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Activity

    A lesson in which students analyze graphs and data on pollen grains and fern spores to form a picture of the living landscape before and after the K-T mass extinction.

  • Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Activity

    A lesson in which students calculate the mass, size, and kinetic energy of the K-T asteroid based on the total abundance of iridium in the K-T boundary layer.

  • Earth Evolution—The Intersection of Geology and Biology

    Earth Evolution—The Intersection of Geology and Biology

    Poster

    A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It illustrates how the Earth has evolved over the past 4.6 billion years, and highlights how that evolution influences biological evolution.

  • Poster: Winogradsky Column—Microbial Evolution in a Bottle

    Poster: Winogradsky Column—Microbial Evolution in a Bottle

    Poster

    A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It shows the different organisms and metabolic diversity that results in a miniature model called a Winogradsky column.

  • Foraminifera—Earth's Microscopic Recordkeepers

    Foraminifera—Earth's Microscopic Recordkeepers

    Poster

    A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It details the importance of foraminifera, known as "forams" for short, in discovering significant changes in Earth's past. 

  • Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Activity

    EarthViewer was designed as an interactive learning tool. Download the PDF linked in the right hand column for some ideas on how to use the app in your class, or click on the EarthViewer link to find out more about the app.

  • Following the Trail of Evidence

    Following the Trail of Evidence

    Activity

    A worksheet in which students write down the evidence that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction. Also available in Spanish.

  • Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—In the Ocean

    Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—In the Ocean

    Activity

    A hands-on activity in which students see first-hand the difference in foraminifera fossils below and above the K-T boundary. Also available in Spanish.

  • Calculating Iridium Fallout From an Asteroid Impact

    Calculating Iridium Fallout From an Asteroid Impact

    Activity

    A worksheet in which students calculate how much iridium was released, and eventually deposited all over the Earth, by the impact of the asteroid that caused the K-T extinction.

  • Chemical Signatures of Asteroid Impacts

    Chemical Signatures of Asteroid Impacts

    Activity

    A lesson in which students analyze the chemical data that led researchers to conclude that the K-T boundary layer contained an extraordinary concentration of iridium. 

  • Article: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Article: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Article

    A short article by Dr. Sean B. Carroll detailing the discoveries covered in the film The Day The Mesozoic Died.

  • Film Guides: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Film Guides: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Day the Mesozoic Died, which tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that led to the stunning discovery that an asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction of animals, plants and even microorganisms.

  • Winogradsky columns: Microbial ecology in the classroom

    Winogradsky columns: Microbial ecology in the classroom

    Activity

    An activity that recreates zones of microbial activity in a glass column. To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future.

  • Fossil Evidence and Evolution

    Fossil Evidence and Evolution

    Poster

    The poster from the 2005 Holiday Lectures on Science, Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads. Place the fossils in the right geological era, period, and epoch. (This poster is designed to printed at a maximum size of 29.5" x 23.5".)

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