Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Tiny Fossil Animal Bones as Clues to Early Human Environments

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Museum Specialist Jennifer Clark aired June 17, 2020, as part of the Expert Is Online series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Museum Specialist Jennifer Clark shares how the fossil bones of small vertebrate animals like birds, rodents, amphibians, fish, and reptiles can help researchers understand what past early human environments were like. She shows how she finds and collects the fossils, and explains her detective work using museum collections to identify them.

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