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Beyond-T.-rex

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Beyond T. rex

Only a small fraction of the 400-plus known species of extinct dinosaurs have appeared on TV and movie screens. Meet some of the more unusual members of T. rex and Velociraptor's family tree.

Bone-Up-on-Your-Fossils

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Bone Up on Your Fossils

Can you match up these eight dinosaur fossil photos with their descriptions? It's harder than you think!

What-Do-You-Know-about-Paleontology

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What Do You Know about Paleontology?

How much do you know about the Age of Dinosaurs? Brush the dust and other sediment off your brain, and test your paleontology knowledge with this interactive quiz.

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What Do You Know About Horses?

How much do you really know about horses? Test your equine knowledge with this interactive quiz. Don't worry, there's no grading—just a helpful look at the answers when you're done!

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The New Madrid Seismic Zone

For three months in the early 1800s, earthquakes shook two pioneer towns in Missouri—and permanently changed the course of the Mississippi River. Relive that time with this 12th-grader from Wisconsin.

Bees pollinate flowers

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Bees in the Ecosystem

This 13-year-old from Ohio didn't have a great opinion of bees after one caused her to lose a ball game. That changed, though, when she realized how important bees are to the planet.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

No One Sings the Praises of the Dreaded Jelly Fish

Jellyfish have existed for more than 650 million years—longer than the earliest dinosaurs. Dive in with this Maryland teen for a look at an animal that ranges in size from 1.5 inches to 200 feet wide.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Feared, the Pest, the Cockroach

Did you that that only about 1 percent of cockroach species are household pests? Or that cockroach blood is usually green? This 17-year-old from Oregon examines these fascinating creatures.

Slug anatomy

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Slimy, Yet Special Slug

What is it about a slug's body that allows it to live in a variety of environments but makes salt a deadly substance? Take a closer look at these nocturnal critters with a 15-year-old from Maryland.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Nature's Slimy Friends

Did you know that all slugs eat the equivalent of their own body weight each night? Or that some slugs are cannibalistic? Let this 17-year-old from Washington State introduce you (literally) to a banana slug.

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