HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT VMNH TO LEARN ABOUT WILD MAMMALS IN VIRGINIA
Dr. Nancy Moncrief (VMNH Curator of Mammals) and Liberty Hightower (VMNH Research Technician) recently presented a program, Analysis of Evidence for Climate Change in Virginia to a group of about 50 high schools students from Franklin County. For this activity, students examined exact replicas of bones and teeth from the VMNH collections. These bones and teeth were from mammals that lived in Virginia during three different time periods: 14,000 years ago, 800 years ago, and 60 years ago. Using the same methods as VMNH curators, the students identified the remains from each time period. 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.
During their visit to VMNH, students from Franklin County High School identified replicas of mammal bones and teeth, and then recorded their data for analysis.