Smithsonian Science How? Webcasts
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MORE INFO Meet Dr. Torben Rick, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in analyzing archaeological evidence of human life on islands. Look back over thousands of years of influence of humans on the West Coast (Channel Islands) and East Coast (Chesapeake Bay). See how changing environmental conditions interacted with human lifestyles to shape the biodiversity of the islands. Follow Torrey as he uses radiocarbon-dating of bones, DNA analysis, and other techniques to tackle elusive questions such as how foxes arrived in the Channel Islands. Find out how archaeological information can help manage island ecosystems today.
MORE INFO Meet Dr. Kirk Johnson, a paleobotanist and Director of the National Museum of Natural History. See how he and other experts joined forces to figure out what happened at the end of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago. While you may be familiar with the extinction of large dinosaurs, you might not realize that much of the other life on Earth went extinct as well. Join Kirk as he explores the extinction and recovery stories told by fossils found at the Hell Creek Formation in North Dakota. Examine evidence for the causes, the consequences, and the aftermath of the mass extinction for life on Earth.
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