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Earth Optimism Webinar: Spying on Whales

OtherTuesday, October 20, 2020, 7 - 8 pm

We think of whales as icons of the sea, but the first whales were certainly not like the ones that you see today: They lived on land, had four legs, and were the size of a dog. How do we know about the deep past of whales, and what does that tell us about how evolution works? In the finale of SERC's 2020 Earth Optimism series, get a closer look with Nick Pyenson, author of "Spying on Whales" and curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Dive in for the surprising backstory and a glimpse of our shared future with these enigmatic giants. The talk will span the poles to the equator; ice-locked waters to dry deserts; from millions of years in the past to our uncertain future.

This talk will be live streamed on Zoom. A recording will be available to watch on-demand after the live webinar. Sign up online to watch live, or to receive a link to the on-demand recording.

(Photos: Nicholas D. Pyenson)

Categories: After Five, Lectures & Discussions, Webcasts & Online
Sponsor: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Co-sponsor: Earth Optimism
Venue: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Event Location: Online (Zoom)
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Cost: Free
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Washington, District of Columbia United States
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