Live Captioning Information

  1. Throughout Darwin Day 2021, live captioning will be provided for all programs, with the exception of videos and movies.
  2. ASL interpreters are available upon request, please contact accessibility@naturalsciences.org at least 36 hours prior to the start of the program.
  3. Spanish captioning will be available on the NCMNS YouTube channel for all archived Darwin Day 2021 programs.
An old photo of large mammal fossils

In the early nineteenth century, huge fossil mammal bones from South America attracted much public and scientific attention. Hear a fascinating history linking British diplomats, fossil dealers, naturalists and scientists from across Europe and the Americas.

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A deer standing on green grass.

Fear of predation affects where and when animals move through the landscape. How does this change when humans hunters are the main predator?

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a whale breaching

Explore our cutting-edge research into the amazing ability of whales to dive to extreme depths. Dr. Somarelli will discuss the molecular genetic adaptations of whales and what these adaptations can teach us about human diseases, such as COVID-19 and cancer.

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a mammal fossil

Where did mammals like ourselves come from? In this presentation, you will learn how and why the typical features of modern mammals originated in their fossil ancestors.

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Different types of mammal hair

Hair is a uniquely mammalian trait that through time has changed to fit a variety of forms and functions from the ultra-softness of a chinchilla to the protective quills of a porcupine. Join us as we do a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the most unique mammal hair adaptations directly from the NCMNS Mammalogy Collection.

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a bunch of primate skulls

Soon after the extinction of dinosaurs, we find the first fossil primates. Some of the oldest are from the American West! Learn how they made their way from the Northern Continents, to Africa, and eventually to Madagascar and South America!

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close up of a cheetah face

Morgan Maly will talk generally about cheetah background information and conservation initiatives she is involved with. She will also discuss her current research investigating how the cheetah diet may be influencing their gut microbiome and health.

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Opossum in a tree

The Virginia Opossum is North America's only marsupial. Learn more about this amazing animal and its adaptations to be one of our most abundant native mammals. See their interesting behavior through the lens of trail cameras.

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Lots of different mammals

Join us for this family-friendly game to see if you can guess the mammal! We will be sketching live ("Pictionary" style) while you try to guess the mammal before anyone else! You might learn some fun new critter facts along the way, too!

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