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December Events in Q?rius: See Your DNA, Dino-fy Yourself, and Learn How We Chart the Seafloor

It might be getting cold outside, but science is HOT in Q?rius! Teens can learn how dinosaurs evolved over time to survive, and then make their own dinosaur-like armor in the “HumanOsaurus: Dino-fy Yourself!” workshop. Visitors of all ages can create necklace pendants made of their own DNA and hear real-life experts share their research into topics from epigenetics to urban forests and seafloor mapping....Read more
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Dana Clark gets ready to deploy the CTD tool (which measures conductivity, temperature, and depth) from the deck of the NOAA ship Fairweather. Join her Dec. 17 to learn how NOAA charts the seafloor. Photo from NOAA.

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.

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