Explore Mass Extinctions

At least five times in Earth’s history, environmental catastrophes have caused a majority of species to go extinct. Learn about these mass extinction events in a set of three new resources designed to bring the science of extinction into your classroom.

The eBook, Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past, uses interactive graphics, animations, and videos to examine the evidence and causes of mass extinctions and what they reveal about how humans are affecting the planet.

The companion iTunes U course, Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past, aligns with NGSS and incorporates reading materials, Scientist at Work videos, the EarthViewer app, and assignments on topics such as measuring extinction rates and tracking the impact of climate change in Yellowstone.

Finally, join scientists around the globe in search of answers about two of Earth’s most dramatic mass extinctions in the film, Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink. The film can be streamed on BioInteractive (in the U.S. and Canada only) until June 30, 2016 and is available for download on iTunes.

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