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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.