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Smithsonian Science How Webcast

Fossil Forensics - Plant and Insect Relationships

Conrad Labandeira looking at a fossil in the Karoo Basin, South Africa. Smithsonian image.
Conrad Labandeira looking at a fossil in the Karoo Basin, South Africa. Smithsonian image.

UPCOMING EVENT

Smithsonian Science How Webcast
Thursday, February 8, 2018
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Description: 

Meet Dr. Conrad Labandeira, a paleobiologist at the National Museum of Natural History. He studies the associations between insects and plants on Earth. Did you know that the relationships that sustain our life today- such as herbivory and pollination - have been going on for tens of millions of years? Take a journey with Conrad, chasing fossils back to the time when insect and plant relationships first evolved. Follow a trail of evidence to find out which insects were eating plants in the coal swamps of the Carboniferous, 300 million years ago. Figure out how species have changed, while types of relationships have persisted.

How To Participate:
Webcast Format
  • Live television-style program
  • Free and easy to watch online
  • Designed for middle-school students
  • Aligned with national science standards
  • 30 minutes long
  • Scientist takes your questions

STEM Discipline:

Paleoecology

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NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STANDARDS:

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

Life Science

MS-LS1

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • MS-LS1-4Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-LS4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-LS4-1Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
  • MS-LS4-2Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.
Earth Science

MS-ESS1

Earth's Place in the Universe
  • MS-ESS1-4Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS1, MS-LS2, MS-LS4, MS-ESS1