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Saturday with a Scientist at Ashfall Fossil Beds

Topic: Fossil Family Trees

Thursday, October 5 | 12:00-4:00pm
Members: FREE Admission AND a valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit
Non-members: Regular Ashfall Admission ($7 fee) AND a valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit

Experience the Smithsonian and become a paleontologist for a day during Saturday with a Scientist "Fossil Family Trees" at Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park near Royal, Nebraska. Learn about the family trees of elephants and whales from a variety of a fossil-based activities developed with scientists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Visitors will reconstruct ancient landscapes using fossil pollen, create family trees of modern and extinct elephants using fossil teeth, and discover if the closest modern ancestors of whales and deer walked on land or lived in the water. They will also have the opportunity to play the VR experience, "Deep Time Detectives" and work with a partner to discover the closest modern relative of a mystery fossil.

Ashfall will also screen a 20-minute excerpt of the new PBS and Smithsonian Channel film, "When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time," which traces the epic origin stories of some of the world's most spectacular creatures. Show times will occur every half hour starting at 12:30pm, with the final showing at 3:30pm. The screening will be free with admission.



"Saturday with a Scientist" is possible due to a $25,000 National Science Foundation sub-award through the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Twin Cities Public Television.