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Grades 6-8

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Leaf Margins

Entire or toothed? Being able to distinguish between these two types of leaf margins will help you identify a plant specimen. This illustrated guide shows you what both look like.

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Activity

Describing and Understanding Organisms

At a loss for words when it comes to explaining your biodiversity findings in the classroom, field, or lab? Increase your vocabulary—and observation skills—with this guide to gathering clues.

Face-to-Fossil

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Face to Fossil

Join the inquisitive Deena Soris as she interviews the fossil of a Protoceratops. This dashing dino, dug up in Mongolia in the 1920s, offers insight into his former life—and the secrets he's still keeping. 

Going-Gobi

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Going Gobi

Who would travel halfway around the world to spend the summer in a desert where brutal sandstorms and surprise flash floods are on the itinerary? Meet Mike and Mark, who've made the trek annually since 1990. 

Meet-the-PaleontOLogists

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Meet the PaleontOLogists

If you dig dinosaurs, then you need to meet these OLogists. Find out what cool stuff Anna, Max, Reva, and Mark have uncovered while following their curiosity. 

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Reading the Rocks at Cornwall, Pennsylvania

See how a day of collecting rocks on the north shore of Long Island turned into an exploration of the Earth's history for this eighth-grader from New York.

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Activity

Dress Up a Horse

Throughout time, people have dressed horses in different ways—sometimes for practical reasons, other times to reflect status or wealth. Explore the styles of horse dress from six world cultures.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Genetics: An Increasingly Important Field of Science

The work of Gregor Mendel—today known as the "Father of Genetics"—was disregarded by his fellow scientists. Learn how it was rediscovered decades later in this winning essay by a California teen.

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