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  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Shorts

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

  • Animated Life

    Animated Life


    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...

  • Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (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 Shorts

    (7 min 36 sec) This animated short video celebrates the early 20th-century German astronomer and atmospheric scientist Alfred Wegener, who first proposed that continents once formed a single landmass and had drifted apart.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line


    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • Finding the Crater

    Finding the Crater

    Card Activities

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

  • The Day the Mesozoic Died

    The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Short Films

    (33 min 43 sec) This film tells the story of the scientific quest to explain one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries: the sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.

  • The Principle of Isostasy

    The Principle of Isostasy


    (2 min 39 sec) Continents rose in elevation after ice sheets from the last ice age retreated. This suggested that the underlying mantle is pliable.

  • Film Guides: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Film Guides: The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Film Activities

    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.

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