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Parasites and Hosts Webcast with Anna Phillips

Get a new perspective on parasites. Meet zoologist Anna Phillips and learn what she discovers by studying how parasites such as leeches and tapeworms relate to their hosts...

Two women sit at a table with blue tablecloth, hammer, and rocks on it. The woman at right is wearing blue, latex gloves.

Antarctic Meteorites Webcast with Cari Corrigan

Have you ever considered what meteorites reveal about our early solar system? Meet geologist Cari Corrigan and learn how she finds and studies Antarctic meteorites.

Geologist Cari Corrigan and collection manager Linda Welzenbach in white clean-room suits in the  Antarctic meteorite storage

Inside the Meteorite Clean Room at the Smithsonian

Don your clean-room clothing and take a glimpse into the Smithsonian's Antarctic meteorite storage facility in Suitland, Md., where the 15,000 Antarctic meteorites in the...

Drawing of a dark colored prehistoric whale in green ocean water just below the surface.

Evolution of Whales Animation

Whales have existed for million of years. Watch this animation, from the Sant Ocean Hall, to see how...

Shot of Maggy Benson and Botany Collections Manager Rusty Russell at table with a blue cloth that has dried plant specimens.

Ecosystem Change Webcast with Rusty Russell

Meet Botany Collections Manager Rusty Russell, who manages collections activities in the U.S. National Herbarium, a research collection that contains more than 5 million...

Black and white drawing of The Nation’s T. rex, one of the largest and most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered.

Nation's T. rex: Skeleton

The Nation’s T. rex is one of the largest and most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered, with 80–85 percent of the skeleton recovered. The fossil specimen arrived at...

Men using laser scanner and other equipment to study whale skeleton stretching out on the ground inside huge, grayish field tent

Cerro Ballena 3D Scanning

From left, Adam Metallo and Vince Rossi from the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office 3-D Lab a use high-resolution laser arm and medium-range laser scanners to...

Old, bound field book open to pages with drawings of turtles, top and bottom, and difficult-to-read text in script.

Rafinesque’s Drawings of Tortoises, 1818

Constantine Samuel Rafinesque was a Naturalist and Philologist born on October 22, 1783, in Constantinople. In the autumn of 1818 Rafinesque undertook a trip from...

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Ecosystems on the Edge: A Crab-Castrating Barnacle

An invasive parasite known as Loxothylacus panopaei survives by hijacking the reproductive system of a mud crab, forcing it to produce parasite larvae. If the crab happens...

Maggy Benson and paleontologist Dr. Hans Sues at a table that has rocks, and a tool on it.  The backdrop is of a mountain.

Dinosaur Rise Webcast with Hans Sues

Meet paleontologist Hans Sues and explore the mass extinction 200 million years ago that opened the door for dinosaurs to dominate life on land. What else lived in the...

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How Photography Has Transformed the Study of Spiders and Their Webs

Jonathan Coddington, on spider webs and photography. Smithsonian Photography Initiative.

A teenage girl in a white lab coat in a lab taking a photo of a fossil or specimen on a table. Closed shelves with doors above

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) Internship Program

If you love science and have ever wanted to work with zoo animals, feed tarantulas, examine fossils, help in a science lab or assist museum visitors, then this internship...

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Diving Under Arctic Ice

It takes special equipment and many warm layers of clothing to dive safely beneath Arctic sea ice. First, the divers look for holes in a melt pond in order to enter the...

Wide shot of the tables and hands on activities in the Qrius science learning space. From a video tour of the entire room.

Take a Video Tour of Q?rius

This video tour will introduce you to Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the...

A photo of a skeleton on the right side of the screen with four rows of skulls behind it to show evidence of human evolution.

Evidence for Human Evolution

Dr. Rick Potts uses fossils and artifacts to show how brains got bigger and tools became specialized as humans evolved. Fossil skulls reveal changes in the physical form...

Matt Tocheri in a photo with a black background holding a skull of a tiny hominin found on the island of Flores, Indonesia.

Hobbits on Flores, Indonesia

A tiny hominin found in 2003 on the island of Flores, Indonesia shook up the world of paleoanthropology because of its age and appearance. The tiny adult skeleton was just...