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Beetle dusted with yellow pollen on a light purple and light green thistle flower.

Beetle Dusted with Pollen

Beetle (Larinus latus) dusted with pollen as it visits a thistle flower. The beetle is a "true weevil," identifiable by its long snout. These beetles are plant-eaters,...

Drawing of yellow katydid and sawfly insects getting dusted with pollen as they feed on the purple cones of a conifer plant.

Jurassic Moths on Conifer Plant

Depiction of Jurassic insects, including katydid (Hagloidea) and sawfly (Tenthredinidae). The insects are getting dusted with pollen while they feed on the cones of a...

Black shaded drawing of a ancient seal-like animal that split off from other carnivorous mammals 20-25 million years ago.

Ancient Seal-Like Animal

Fossils suggest that marine pinnipeds (seals and walruses) split off from other carnivorous mammals 20-25 million years ago. The oldest known pinniped fossil is an extinct...

Tan, U-shaped fossil on a black background. Fossil has three segments: Head, neck or thorax, and tail with about 12 legs.

Fossil of an Extinct Trilobite

Trilobites are extinct, but lived on Earth for about 290 million years, achieving incredible abundance during from the Cambrian to Devonian. Trilobites are one of the most...

Brown colored fossil of an Ancient Fern-like Plant on a blue background.

Fossil of an Ancient Fern-like Plant

Weedy, fern-like plants appear in the latest Devonian, specialized to colonize disturbed sites such as volcanic landscapes. By the middle Carboniferous, all major fern...

A girl with brown hair, gray jacket, and red shirt, smiling while giving a talk in front of a projection screen.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘A Little Piece of Science’

Sal, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, talks about how working in a science lab for the first time made her feel small. After...

A dark-haired boy with glasses and a red shirt speaks in front of a projection screen. He is gesturing with his hands.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘Layers of Science’

Benjamin, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, discusses the many layers of science in this TED-Ed-style talk. Three layers he...

A boy with brown hair, glasses, brown sweatshirt and red shirt giving a talk while standing in front of a projection screen.

YES! Intern Talk - ‘A Fish in the Sea’

Joan, a high-school intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, describes how it was scary to step out of his comfort zone and into a science lab, but...

A woman in a maroon shirt gestures while talking with a woman in a blue shirt. Behind her is some kind of work table.

Inside the Fossil Prep Lab with Michelle Pinsdorf

In this video, Smithsonian fossil preparator Michelle Pinsdorf demonstrates how she cleans and prepares fossils for study and display.

Maggy Benson and geologist Dr. Tim McCoy at a table that has meteorite fragments. He is holding a large one. A desert backdrop

Meteorite and Spacecraft Webcast with Tim McCoy

In this video, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Tim McCoy discusses what meteorites can tell us about the formation of the solar system.

Maggy Benson and geologist Dr. Michael Wise at a table that has gems, minerals, crystals. He is holding a large Quartz gem.

Mineral Dependence Webcast with Michael Wise

In this video, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Michael Wise explains the incredible qualities of rocks called pegmatites, and our dependence on them for minerals

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

In this video, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Cari Corrigan explains what meteorites found in Antarctica reveal about the early solar system.

Maggy Benson and geologist Dr.Cara Santelli at a table that has minerals and specimen containers. Backdrop of a mountain scene

Mineral Transformations Webcast with Cara Santelli

In this video, geologist Dr. Cara Santelli explains how microbes transform minerals.

Maggy Benson and geologist Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell at table with volcanic rocks and ash. Cottrell holding a seltzer water bottle

Volcano Geochemistry Webcast with Elizabeth Cottrell

In this video, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell explains why she calls volcanoes the "lungs of the Earth."

Dan Babbitt of the Insect Zoo and Maggy Benson at a table that has insects in containers. He is holding a jungle nymph insect

Arthropod Adaptations Webcast with Dan Babbitt

In this video, former O. Orkin Insect Zoo manager Dan Babbitt highlights the adaptations of insects and other arthropods.

Maggy Benson and ornithologist Helen James at a table that has specimens and fossils of birds on it. A green plant backdrop.

Bird Extinction Webcast with Helen James

In this video, ornithologist Dr. Helen James explains what prehistoric evidence can tell you about bird extinctions.

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