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Written by: Nancy Moncrief
Tuesday November 17, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Moore works with students during a hands-on activity.

Dr. Elizabeth Moore works with students during a hands-on activity.

Dr. Nancy Moncrief (VMNH Curator of Mammals) and Dr. Elizabeth Moore (VMNH Curator of Archaeology) recently participated in Patrick Henry Community College’s annual exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. They presented a hands-on program to three groups of students from different high schools: Franklin County, Patrick County, and Magna Vista in Henry County.

Students from Franklin County, Patrick County, and Magna Vista participated in a hands-on program.

Students from Franklin County, Patrick County, and Magna Vista participated in a hands-on program.

Drs. Moncrief and Moore led the students in an activity that included exact replicas of bones and teeth from the VMNH collections.  Using the same methods as VMNH curators, the students identified remains from three different time periods in Virginia – 14,000 years ago, 800 years ago, and 25 years ago.  Then they looked for patterns of presence and absence of different animals. In this activity, the students learned about climate change, animal extinction, and the introduction of non-native species.

The reference material included exact replicas of bones and teeth from the VMNH collections.

The reference material included exact replicas of bones and teeth from the VMNH collections.

Tags: Archaeology, Biology, Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Mammals, Research and Collections

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