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Teen Science Spotlight: How to Identify Fossil Plants

Tiffany is a high school student from Maryland who has been a Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) intern at the Museum for three years – one in the Fossil Lab in the Department of Paleobiology and two in the Genome Program, where she spent one year in the Department of Botany and another in the Department of Inverterbrate Zoology....Read more
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Tiffany is a high school intern at the Museum who learned how to identify plants using DNA barcoding and genetic sequencing. Photo from Smithsonian Institution.

Journey Back through Time on National Fossil Day, October 15

Fossils can help us imagine things from the past we cannot see in front of us.  They can tell us how an ancient plant or animal lived or moved, how groups of organisms evolved, and how organisms relate to each other.  They also help us recreate from long ago what an ancient environment looked like, the players in a food web, and the climate of a particular time and place. Fossils can be as big as a T....Read more
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This fossil Triceratops skull was found in Montana. Photo from Smithsonian Institution.

Late September Events in Q?rius: Tattoos, Insects, and More!

This month our events feature tattoos, bumble bees, fungi, and more. All events are free, unless otherwise noted, and take place in Q?rius, the interactive science learning space on the ground floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. New event listings and cancellations can pop up at any time, so check the Upcoming Events calendar for the most current information....Read more
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A bumblebee feeds on the nectar and pollen of a flower. Help us transcribe bumblebee records on September 20. Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda.

Dinosaurs were just the Tip of the Iceberg

We’ve all fantasized about living in a world where dinosaurs roam the Earth, a place like Jurassic Park, rife with the perils and excitement of living amongst these odd creatures. While it’s safer for us now, what a shame that birds are the only living descendants of the dinosaurs that walked on two legs and included the infamous T. rex. About 66 million years ago, T....Read more
Late Cretaceous scene. Depiction by Mary Parrish, Smithsonian.

Butterflies and Moths, Oh My!

One of the topics that fascinates visitors of all ages in the Margaret A. Cargill Collections Zone is butterflies. The butterflies are some of the most-viewed objects in Q?rius. Visitors love getting a close-up look at the pretty creatures, pointing out the diversity of colors, and even zooming in on the details using the microscopes....Read more
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Colorful butterflies, including the giant blue morpho (bottom right), are on display in Case A in the Q?rius Loft. Smithsonian photo.

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