National Fossil Day


Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 9:30am to 10:30am


Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

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
9:30am–10:30am 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.

Register for the 9:30am Zoom Session.

3:30pm–4:30pm: 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!

Register for the 3:30pm Zoom Session.

Learn more about this virtual event.