Media Library

A woman in a red shirt and man in a black shirt sitting at a table with plant and animal fossils. He is holding a fossil.

Solving the Dinosaur Mystery Webcast with Kirk Johnson

In this video, Dr. Kirk Johnson explains evidence for what happened during the mass extinction event 66 million years ago.

Maggy Benson and paleobotanist Dr. Scott Wing at table with fossil plants. He is holding a mobile GPS device. Plant backdrop.

Past and Present Climate Change Webcast with Scott Wing

In this video, paleobotanist Dr. Scott Wing reveals evidence for changes in plant communities during a distinct global warming event about 56 million years ago.

Maggy Benson and paleontologist Dr. Nick Pyenson at a table with fossil whale skeletons He his holding a Walrus skull fossil.

Fossil Whales Webcast with Nick Pyenson

In this video, paleontologist Dr. Nick Pyenson explains how fossil whales reveal environments of the past.

Maggy Benson and paleontologist Dr. Matthew Carrano at table with fossils in divided containers. He holds a dinosaur fossil.

Tiny Fossils and Big Dinosaurs Webcast with Matthew Carrano

In this video, paleontologist Dr. Matthew Carrano shares what tiny fossils can reveal that complete, large dinosaur skeletons may not.

A woman in a yellow shirt and a man in a plaid shirt sit at a table with antlers and other objects on it.

Marine Fossils and Extinction Webcast with Gene Hunt

In this video, paleontologist Dr. Gene Hunt explains how he uses fossils to study a marine extinction mystery.

Maggy Benson and archaeologist Dr. Bill Fitzhugh at table with arctic fossils. Backdrop of is of a mountain scene.

Arctic Culture and Climate Webcast with Bill Fitzhugh

In this video, archaeologist Dr. Bill Fitzhugh shares how people in the Arctic have coped with extreme conditions for thousands of years.

Torsten Dikow sitting at a table, gesturing at boxes of pinned fly specimens on the table. Host Maggy Benson is next to him.

Assassin Flies Webcast with Torsten Dikow

In this video, entomologist Torsten Dikow discusses the evolution, biodiversity, and behavior of assassin flies. 

Two women sitting at a table with large seashells and boxes of small snail shells on it.

Extinction of Freshwater Snails with Ellen Strong

In this video, zoologist Ellen Strong explains the roles freshwater snails play in ecosystems, and how human activities put them at risk. 

Shot of Maggy Benson and Forensic Anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide holding a human leg bone in front of a sky backdrop.

Forensic Anthropology Webcast with Kari Bruwelheide

In this video, forensic anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide reveals how human bones can tell stories of people's lives in the past.

Maggy Benson holds up a model of a giant squid’s eye in front of her head, while zoologist Mike Vecchione sits next to her.

Octopods and Squids Webcast with Mike Vecchione

In this video, zoologist Dr. Mike Vecchione describes octopods and squids that have been discovered in the deep ocean, and the tools used to make deep-sea discoveries.

Maggy Benson and physical anthropologist Dr. Sabrina Sholts at table with a skull, bones, a small skeleton, and pottery.

How Bones Reveal Environmental Health Webcast with Sabrina Sholts

In this video, physical anthropologist Dr. Sabrina Sholts explains how the environment leaves its mark on bones.

Maggy Benson and anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner at a table that has human fossils on it. Dr. Pobiner is holding a skull.

Early Human Diets Webcast with Briana Pobiner

In this video, anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner explains how cut marks on animal bones reveal early human diets.

Maggy Benson and archeologist Dr. Torben Rick at table with marine invertebrates in containers.  He is holding a fossil rock.

Island Biodiversity Webcast with Torben Rick

In this video, archaeologist Dr. Torben Rick talks about the impacts early inhabitants of North America had on island and coastal ecosystems.

Maggy Benson and anthropologist David Hunt at a table that has mummy specimens in boxes. He is holding some spine bones.

Mummy Science Webcast with David Hunt

In this video, anthropologist Dr. David Hunt explains how he uses modern technology to unwrap the secrets of mummies.

Shot of Maggy Benson and Dr. Joshua A. Bell at table with blue cloth that has cellphones, shells, and gems and minerals on it

Cellphone Natural History with Joshua A. Bell

In this video, anthropologist Dr. Joshua A. Bell discusses the life cycle of a cellphone and the social implications of the device becoming one of our most intimate...

Two women sitting at a table in front of a tropical forest backdrop. There are cards and other printed materials on the table.

Sustaining Linguistic Diversity Webcast with Gabriela Pérez Báez

In this video, Smithsonian linguist Dr. Gabriela Pérez Báez discusses language diversity, endangerment, and revitalization.