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Smithsonian Science How Webcast

How Bones Fossilize ... or Don't

Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer in Olorgesailie, Kenya. Photo by Rick Potts, Smithsonian.
Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer in Olorgesailie, Kenya. Photo by Rick Potts, Smithsonian.

UPCOMING EVENT

Smithsonian Science How Webcast
How Bones Fossilize ... or Don't featuring Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer
Description: 
 

ARCHIVED WEBCAST

The September 27 webcasts with Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer have ended. Watch a recording using the link below and then take the survey and tell us how we did!

 
Go behind-the-scenes to meet Paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer, who specializes in the study of how things fossilize, or don’t. Explore different specimens in one of the world’s largest fossil collections, and discover the special set of conditions that shape how and when bones fossilize. Explore how studying modern bones, like those Kay studies in Kenya, can help scientists better understand ecosystems of the past, present, and future.
 
How To Participate:
National Middle School Standards:
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:

Paleontology

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NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STANDARDS:

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

Life Science

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.

MS-ESS2

Earth's Systems
  • MS-ESS2-2Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS4, MS-ESS1, MS-ESS2
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