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How to Discover a New Mammal Species

In this video, zoologist Dr. Kris Helgen shares some of the new mammal discoveries he has made.


Meet Dr. Kristofer Helgen, former zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Did you know that we are still finding and naming new mammals around the world? From field expeditions and museum specimens, Kris has discovered about 100 mammal species. Hear about his surprising find of the “Olinguito” in cloud forests of Ecuador. Consider how studying mammals helps us understand how the Earth is changing. Get a glimpse of the modern technologies used to describe species and their environments. Ponder how much biodiversity still awaits discovery. This show aired April 28, 2016.



National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Life Science


Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-1Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Earth Science


Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-4Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

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