Stones and Bones - Paleontology Rocks!
Why did, millions of years ago, vertebrates colonize land and marine mammals colonized the seas? Why did 96% of marine life go extinct? There is no history book or documents to search for answers but we do have paleontology – the science of fossils. Fossils are the ultimate window into the past and future. We will discover fossils at local field sites, work with real fossil specimens in the lab, and explore “behind-the-scenes” at a natural history museum. Through paleoclimate and taphonomy (the study of fossils) and hands-on activities, such as coal-ball peels, we will study the process of fossilization and learn techniques to reconstruct past ecological changes. Using our evidence-based science work, we will be able to predict what life on Earth in the next 50 years will be like as the globe warms up. This fun and rewarding program will help you see the world in a whole different view.