MOR MARCH 2020

Paleontology


Paleontology Video Library

Explore the science of paleontology with staff, students, volunteers, and research associates that study the Museum of the Rockies’ extensive paleontology collections. This video archive includes recorded live stream programs and other educational videos accessible on Museum of the Rockies’ YouTube channel.

Videos are sorted by general topics in paleontology including:

  • Paleontology Program (General)
  • Practices of Science
  • Structure, Function, and Adaptations (Life Science)
  • Environments and Ecosystems (Life Science)
  • Rocks and Minerals (Earth Science)
  • Earth Systems (Earth and Space Science)

Videos that fit into multiple topic areas are listed in the most relevant category.


Paleontology Program (General)

Short Overview of the Siebel Dinosaur Complex

Target Grade Levels: All Ages  |  Recorded February 18, 2018  |  Length: 4 minutes


Facebook Live Tour of the Siebel Dinosaur Complex

Target Grade Levels: All Ages  |  Recorded June 28, 2018  |  Length: 30 minutes


Inside the Dinosaur Library

Target Audience: All Ages  |  Aired in April 2018 for PBS Eons  |  Length: 9 minutes


C-SPAN Cities Tour in Bozeman, Montana

Target Audience: All Ages  |  Aired in April 2018 for PBS Eons  |  Length: 9 minutes
C-SPAN visited Bozeman, Montana to learn about the history from local experts and historians. MOR's Amy Atwater & Michael Fox are among the ones interviewed. Former Yellowstone National Park Historian Lee Whittlesley is also interviewed.

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Practices of Science

Digging Through Time

Target Grade Levels: All Ages  |  Recorded July – December 2019  |  Length: 4 minutes
Museum of the Rockies’ paleontology legacy evolves with Triceratops expert Dr. John Scannella.



Fossil Fest

Target Grade Levels: 3 – 8  |  Recorded October 16, 2019  |  Length: 48 minutes
How do paleontologists know where to look for fossils? What tools do they use to prepare fossils for research and display? Study real fossils from the Museum of the Rockies’ collection to discover the steps and techniques of paleontology in this special program in celebration of National Fossil Day!




Structure, Function, and Adaptations (Life Science)

Dinosaur Dentists: Exploring Teeth of the Mesozoic Era

Target Grade Levels: K – 3  |  Recorded Friday, February 21, 2020  |  Length: 31 minutes
Like animals today, animals that are now extinct had special adaptations that helped them survive in their habitat. Study real fossils from the Museum of the Rockies’ collection and discover how different teeth of dinosaurs and mammals that lived during the Mesozoic Era were adapted to these animals’ diets.


Dinosaur Evolution

Target Grade Levels: 6 – 12  |  Recorded January 22, 2020  |  Length: 53 minutes
Fossil evidence provides a record of the evolutionary history of life on Earth. Explore the collections of Museum of the Rockies and explore how dinosaurs and other animals have evolved to produce specific adaptions for survival. Examine how scientists use specific characteristics of skeletons to create hypotheses of evolutionary relationships.


Dinosaurs Grow Up: Studying the Life Patterns of Dinosaurs

Target Grade Levels: K – 3  |  Recorded December 19, 2019  |  Length: 47 minutes
How did dinosaurs grow up? How long did it take for a Tyrannosaurus rex to grow to its full size? How do we know how old each dinosaur was when it died? We can reconstruct the life pattern of a dinosaur by closely studying its fossilized bones. Study real fossils from the Museum of the Rockies’ collection to discover how dinosaur babies grew to adults.


Target Audience: General  |  Recorded December 19, 2019  |  Length: 53 minutes
How did dinosaurs grow up? How long did it take for a Tyrannosaurus rex to grow to its full size? How do we know how old each dinosaur was when it died? We can reconstruct the life pattern of a dinosaur by closely studying its fossilized bones. Study real fossils from the Museum of the Rockies’ collection to discover how dinosaur babies grew to adults.


Discovering Dinosaurs

Target Grade Levels: 1 – 5  |  Recorded May 30, 2018  |  Length: 51 minutes
For Dinosaur Week, we're going to explore the dinosaurs on display at Museum of the Rockies. Learn about the dinosaurs that called what is now Montana home during the Cretaceous Period. See real fossils and talk to real paleontologists from the Museum of the Rockies and learn more about dinosaurs!


Maiasaura

Target Grade Audience: All Ages |  Recorded in 2016  |  Length: 5 minutes
The duck-billed dinosaur Maiasaura is the state fossil of Montana. In this short video, MOR Research Associate Dr. Holly Woodward Ballard (Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences) discusses how she studies Maiasaura at the microscopic level to learn how this animal grew and lived.


Paravians

Target Grade Audience: All Ages |  Recorded in 2016  |  Length: 4 minutes
Paravians are a group of dinosaurs that are very closely related to modern birds. In this short video, MOR Research Associate Dr. David Varricchio (Montana State University) explores the skeletal features that link these ancient 'raptors' to their modern relatives.


Prehistoric Mammal Adaptations

Target Grade Levels: K – 3  |  Recorded December 5, 2018  |  Length: 44 minutes
Like animals today, mammals from the age of the dinosaurs had special adaptations that helped them survive in their habitat. Study real fossils from the Museum of the Rockies’ collection to discover prehistoric mammals including their physical characteristics and behaviors.


Sauropods

Target Audience: All Ages |  Recorded in 2016  |  Length: 3 minutes
Sauropods, the long-necked dinosaurs, were the largest animals to ever walk on Earth. In this short video, MOR Research Associate Cary Woodruff (University of Toronto, Great Plains Dinosaur Museum) discusses how a fossil site in southern Montana is helping paleontologists understand how sauropods grew to such gigantic sizes.


Triceratops Growth

Target Audience: All Ages |  Recorded in 2016  |  Length: 6 minutes
The horned dinosaur Triceratops was the most common dinosaur in Montana at the end of the Cretaceous Period. In this short video, MOR Curator of Paleontology Dr. John Scannella discusses how Triceratops changed as it grew from a baby to an adult and how it may have evolved over the course of the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.




Environments and Ecosystems (Life Science)

Mesozoic Ecosystems

Target Grade Levels: 2 – 5  |  Recorded March 27, 2019  |  Length: 51 minutes
Montana is famous for its Hell Creek Formation, the geologic unit that represents the very end of the Mesozoic Era and the last non-avian dinosaurs including T.rex and Triceratops. These famous dinosaurs lived in an ecosystem filled with life, including other animals and plants. Explore the dinosaurs, other animals, and plants from the Hell Creek Formation and discover how scientists use fossil evidence to understand ecosystems of the Mesozoic Era.




Rocks and Minerals (Earth Science)

Learning From Fossils: Studying Dinosaur Growth & Behavior

Target Grade Levels: 6 – 12  |  Recorded January 24, 2018  |  Length: 47 minutes


What Dinosaurs Look Like Under a Microscope

Target Audience: All Ages  |  Aired in March 2018 for PBS Eons  |  Length: 9 minutes

 



Earth Systems (Earth and Space Science)

Geologic Time Travel

Target Grade Levels: 6 – 12  |  Recorded February 14, 2019  |  Length: 54 minutes
Studying the Earth’s fossil record and rock strata help us understand the Earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history. Take a quick ride through time to uncover what the Earth’s ecosystems and life were like in what is now known as Montana. Study real fossils, explore ancient life and examine rock samples with geologists and paleontologists. 


Piecing Together Earth’s Changing Landscape with Fossil Reptiles

Target Grade Levels: 3 – 8  |  Recorded January 7, 2019  |  Length: 49 minutes
Did you know that not all fossilized reptiles were dinosaurs, even if they looked or lived like them? Explore how ancient reptiles, including non-dinosaurs, help scientists understand how the Earth has changed through its extensive history. Study real fossils from the Museum of the Rockies’ collection to find evidence of past plate motions and seaways through the distribution of fossilized reptiles.