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  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Humerus

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Humerus

    3D Model

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pelvis

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pelvis

    3D Model

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pectoral Fin

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pectoral Fin

    3D Model

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil –  Body

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Body

    3D Model

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil –  Skull

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Skull

    3D Model

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    Data Point

    Scientists were excavating a site in Laetoli, Tanzania when they uncovered two new sets of hominin tracks located about 150 meters south of the tracks found by Mary Leakey in the 1970’s. They estimated the heights of the two individuals using the size and shape of the footprints.

  • 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.

  • Dating Corn Domestication Using Carbon Isotopes

    Dating Corn Domestication Using Carbon Isotopes

    Data Point

    To study the change in diet as human populations changed lifestyles from hunter-gatherers to agriculturalists, scientists measured carbon isotopes in the collagen tissues of human skeletons from North America.

  • 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.

  • Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (19 min 44 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the major human fossil finds from Africa  and what they reveal about the history of our evolutionary origins.

  • Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Short

    (7 min 52 sec) This animated short film recounts the life and work of paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, including her discovery of the Laetoli footprints.

  • 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...

  • Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Origin of Birds With Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (18 min 59 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film about the evidence that showed birds descended from dinosaurs.

  • 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.

  • Popped Secret Film with Quiz

    Popped Secret Film with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (17 min 51 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the evolutionary origins of corn.

  • Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken

    Click & Learn

    Trace the evolutionary history of birds by comparing the shapes and structures of certain bones in a chicken to those of some of its extinct and living relatives. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Origin of Flight: What Use Is Half a Wing?

    The Origin of Flight: What Use Is Half a Wing?

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 16 sec) Biologist Ken Dial's study of how young birds use their developing wings sheds light on the evolution of flight in birds.

  • Film Guide for Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Film Guide for Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement the film Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn, which tells the story of how geneticists and archaeologists have come together to determine how and where corn was domesticated nearly 9,000 years ago. Also available in Spanish.

  • 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?

  • Human Feet Are Strange

    Human Feet Are Strange

    Activity

    In this hands-on activity students examine the evidence for the evolution of human bipedality as revealed by a trail of fossil footprints. Also available in Spanish.

  • Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Living Dinosaurs: Fact or Fiction?

    Activity

    Students evaluate and discuss statements about the evolutionary relationship between birds and dinosaurs and other facts about these groups, before and after watching the short film Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    The Origin of Birds Film Guide

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. Featuring vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Julia Clarke, the film walks us through the evidence that birds are a lineage of theropod dinosaurs. 

  • Great Transitions

    Great Transitions

    Collection

    Stunning fossil finds have revealed the fascinating stories of major transitions in the history of life on our planet—from fish that gained the land, to reptiles that took to the air, and primates...

  • Film Guide: Your Inner Fish

    Film Guide: Your Inner Fish

    Film Guide

    This guide complements the three-part television series Your Inner Fish. This series describes the legacy of our ancient animal ancestors and the evidence of their relationship to us.

  • Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Feature Film

    (54 min 51 sec) Join Neil Shubin as he links our hands, vision, and brains to ancient primate ancestors. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile

    Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile

    Feature Film

    (54 min 41 sec) Join Neil Shubin as he links our hair, teeth and hearing to ancient reptilian ancestors. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

    Feature Film

    (54 min 41 sec) See how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen today in our own DNA. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • 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.

  • The Tool-Making Animal

    The Tool-Making Animal

    Scientists at Work

    (5 min 41 sec) Stone tools reveal a critical transition in the lives of our early human ancestors. 

  • Dodging Extinction

    Dodging Extinction

    Lecture

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

  • Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Lecture

    (33 min 4 sec) Human activities and their effects on biodiversity in the past, present, and future.

  • Learning from Past Extinctions

    Learning from Past Extinctions

    Lecture

    (29 min 6 sec) There is still time to avoid a sixth mass extinction.

  • Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Short Film

    (17 min 51 sec) Where did corn come from? Genetic and archeological data point to what may seem like an unlikely ancestor: a wild Mexican grass called teosinte. Also available in Spanish.

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Humans

    Film Guides: The Origin of Humans

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans, which reveals the history of our evolutionary origins. Also available in Spanish.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds

    Short Film

    (18 min 59 sec) In the second film of the Great Transitions trilogy, paleontologist Julia Clarke takes us on a journey to uncover the evidence that birds descended from dinosaurs. Also available in Spanish.

  • 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.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Short Film

    (19 min 44 sec) Which traits distinguish humans from other primates? When and where did these traits evolve? Analysis of the major fossil finds from Africa, dating back to 4.4 million years ago, provides answers to these questions and reveals the history of our evolutionary origins. Also available in Spanish.

  • Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab App

    Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab App

    Apps and eBooks

    App version of the popular virtual lab, introducing you to the science and techniques used to analyze the threespine stickleback fish.

  • 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.

  • 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?

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