Live Webcast: Unearthing Fossil Whales (Jan. 16)

Dr. Nick Pyenson is a paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in uncovering fossil whales in Panama, Canada, and Chile. Probe into the evolutionary mysteries contained in fossil whale skeletons. Consider what whale remains can tell you about past environments. Find out how paleontologists deal with large fossils. See how modern digitization techniques can be used to study a paleontological site. Learn how Nick and his team are analyzing fossil whales in conjunction with other data to enhance our understanding of whale paleontology.

In addition to a live webinar designed for students on January 16th at 11AM and 2PM (ET), the website has related classroom resources, such as lessons, online activities, literacy resources, posters and worksheets, videos, and connections to the NGSS.

Learn more at the Smithsonian website.

Dr. Nick Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Dr. Nick Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History, holds an arm bone from a "toothed" mysticete from Vancouver Island. This is the second specimen found at this locality on the remote western side of Vancouver Island. Nick used a rock saw to cut the fossil out of the hard mudstone for transport, preparation and study at National Museum of Natural History. Read a blog post about his travels to get to the fossils! Image courtesy of J. A. Goldbogen.