National Fossil Day

Date: 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 9:30am

Location: 

Online

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Free Virtual Two Session Special Event

Advance Registration Required.
Register for the 9:30 to 10:30 am session.

Register for the session 3:30 to 4:30 pm session.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a paleontologist? Celebrate National Fossil Day—an event organized by the National Park Service—with Harvard paleontologists! Take a close look at museum fossils and learn how they are used to help solve mysteries about ancient life. What amazing creatures lived together in ancient oceans? How do fossil tracks, traces, and burrows help us understand how extinct animals lived? How can we reconstruct an animal from just its bones? How did dinosaurs get so big? Bring your curiosity and questions to this online event for kids and families!

Program Schedule

9:30–10:30 am ET: Meet RJ Knecht, Mark Renczkowski, and Peter Bishop

Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the paleontology collection with graduate student RJ Knecht and curatorial assistant Mark Renczkowski as they uncover how fossil tracks, traces, and burrows help us understand how extinct animals lived. Then, meet postdoctoral fellow Peter Bishop and explore how we “rebuild” extinct dinosaurs and mammals just from clues in their bones.

3:30–4:30 pm: Meet Karma Nanglu and Meg Whitney

Meet postdoctoral fellow Karma Nanglu and learn how amazing creatures like trilobites and marine worms lived together in ancient ecosystems half a billion years ago. Then, join postdoctoral fellow Meg Whitney to investigate how dinosaurs were able to grow so big and what it is like to be a paleontologist!

To join the program, you will need to download the free Zoom app in advance. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again. For details on how to improve your Zoom experience, visit the How to Attend an HMSC Program webpage.