Video Webcast - The Cambrian Explosion of Life with Paleontologist Karma Nanglu
Video Webcast - The Cambrian Explosion of Life with Paleontologist Karma Nanglu
WhenThursday, March 12, 2020, 2 – 2:30 PM
CategoriesWebcasts & Online
SponsorNatural History Museum
VenueNatural History Museum
Event LocationOnline; Internet connection required…

Over half a billion years ago there was an explosion of life on Earth, the Cambrian Explosion,  when most major animal groups first appeared in the fossil record. Go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with paleontologist Karma Nanglu to explore fossils from this time period and learn how and why scientists study these fossils to understand life on Earth today. Karma will give your students a chance to compare fossils with their modern relatives to make predictions themselves, particularly using specimens he studies called hemichordates. Karma will reveal how studying and understanding these worms, both from modern oceans and from 500 million years ago, helps us to better understand our own evolutionary past.

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Throughout the broadcast, Karma will take questions from your students via text chat and there will be opportunities for students to share what they think using live polls.

This webcast supports learning standards in Life Science and Earth Science.

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