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How do we know what we know about dinosaurs and the environments in which they lived? Scientists with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History describe how they discover, identify, and interpret fossil and geologic evidence.

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Dinosaurs in Our Backyard Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History

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How do we know what we know about dinosaurs and the environments in which they lived? Scientists with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History describe how they discover, identify, and interpret fossil and geologic evidence.

This video podcast collection will contain a total of 5 videos. New videos will be available biweekly.

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    How do paleontologists reconstruct environments from the ancient past?

    How do paleontologists reconstruct environments from the ancient past?

    Smithsonian Curator Anna K. Behrensmeyer visits a modern wetland and finds conditions that might have looked familiar to the Cretaceous dinosaurs of the Washington DC area.

    • 2 min
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    How do paleontologists identify dinosaur teeth?

    How do paleontologists identify dinosaur teeth?

    Smithsonian Curator Matthew Carrano identifies Cretaceous dinosaur teeth from the Washington DC area.

    • 3 min
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    How do we know whether dinosaurs cared for their young?

    How do we know whether dinosaurs cared for their young?

    How do scientists use different kinds of data, such as fossilized nests and trackways, to understand dinosaur reproduction and parenting?

    • 3 min
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    How do we know what dinosaurs and other extinct animals ate?

    How do we know what dinosaurs and other extinct animals ate?

    What did extinct animals eat? See how scientists use fossil evidence to answer this question.

    • 3 min
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    How do we know how extinct animals moved?

    How do we know how extinct animals moved?

    Visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History exhibits with Matthew Carrano (Curator of Dinosauria) and learn how scientists study modern animal skeletons to understand how extinct animals moved.

    • 2 min

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