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Written by: Nancy Moncrief
Monday April 27, 2015

Dr. Nancy Moncrief (VMNH Curator of Mammals) and Dr. Elizabeth Moore (VMNH Curator of Archaeology) recently presented a hands-on program, Analysis of Evidence for Climate Change in Virginia to a group of 40 high schools students from Franklin County.

Dr. Nancy Moncrief explains the activity to students from Franklin County High School.Dr. Nancy Moncrief explains the activity to students from Franklin County High School.

For the VMNH Climate Change activity, students studied 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 25 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.

Students from Franklin County High School identifying specimens and recording their data.Students from Franklin County High School identifying specimens and recording their data.

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

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