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Scroll down to see a selection of videos from previously recorded programs in our Science Division Live series.

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October 21st: Decolonizing Bird Names with Dr. Garth Spellman

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Attenborough's Beauty Podcast

"Attenborough’s Beauty" was on display in the Prehistoric Journey exhibition for decades waiting to be identified. Dr. Frank Krell and Francesco Vitali from the National Museum of Natural History of Luxembourg worked together to identify this new species.

October 20, 2021

Imaging the Ancient World

Have you ever looked at a fossil fragment or a bed of bones encased in rock and thought, “how do paleontologists know what they’re looking at?” Learn about the role of digital research lab technician Lindsay Dougan.

September 27, 2021

90 Million Year Old Sandstone "Tweeners"

Join Dr. James Hagadorn to learn more about the Codell Sandstone.

September 15, 2021

Teeny Tiny Meat Eaters

Join Zoology Preparator Andie Carrillo on an exciting behind the scenes tour of the creepy crawlies found inside the DMNS dermestarium.

August 19, 2021

Women in Science: Dr. Michele Koons

Get to know Dr. Michele Koons, who specializes in Andean, Southwest and public archaeology.

July 30, 2021

What Spiders do for YOU!

Join PhD student Ryan Jones to see how spiders help us understand evolution, maintain ecosystem health, develop novel medicines and create biomimetic materials.

August 12, 2021

Haida Tattooing

The impacts of colonization on Haida tattooing practices and the integration of bracelets.

August 5, 2021

Jones-Miller Collection

Carlton Shield Chief Gover discusses the Jones-Miller collection, representing a Paleoindian bison processing site with hundreds of extinct Bison antiquus.

July 29, 2021

Pawnee Collection

Join Carlton Shield Chief Gover as he talks about how and why bows and arrows were important to the Pawnee and other Plains Nation's as well as translate the objects from English to Pawnee.

July 22, 2021

Experimental Archaeology: Ancient Sandals

2000 year old shoes: Functional. Fashionable. Fabulous – and we’re experimenting on them! The museum’s Teen Science Anthropology Scholars are spending their summer with millennia-old shoes.

July 15, 2021

Jurassic Giants

Join Curator of Dinosaurs, Dr. Joe Sertich, as he explores hidden treasures in the Jurassic collections housed at DMNS.

July 8, 2021

Snowmass Pinecones

Learn about preserving waterlogged conifer cones from the Snowmass site near Aspen, Colorado from Dr. Kathryn Reusch.

July 1, 2021

Pollinator Week

Join Dr. Gabriela Chavarria to learn about the diversity of native bees on the planet and their important role in pollination.

June 24, 2021

Stonehenge: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Dr. Erin Baxter discusses the good, the bad, and the weird of Stonehenge. 

June 17, 2021

Mysteries of Stonehenge

Learn about the mysteries of Stonehenge with Acting Curator of Anthropology, Dr. Erin Baxter, and special guest archaeologist, writer, editor and photographer, Mike Pitts. 

June 10, 2021

Fossil Ghosts

Join Dr. James Hagadorn to discuss a new type of fossil preservation, discovered right here in Colorado, but that occurs all over the world.

June 3, 2021



How Old Was that Dinosaur?

How exactly do paleontologists know the age of an individual dinosaur (or any other fossil vertebrate)? Join Dr. Holger Peterman to learn how to be able to quickly tell whether the bones in front of you are from an adult or a juvenile.

May 27, 2021

Northwest Coast Conservation

Join Conservator Megan Salas to take a close look at a few items that are currently in the conservation lab as part of the IMLS grant focused on the Northwest Coast Collection.

May 20, 2021



Listen to Collections Manager Dominique Alhambra discuss documenting, moving and rehousing the 3,200 objects from the African and Central and South American collections into the Avenir Collections Center.

May 13, 2021

Ancient Aztec in Never Before Seen Photos

Join Dr. Erin Baxter in a view of unpublished 100 year old photographs that tell new stories about 1000 year old Pueblo from New Mexico.

April 29, 2021

Ancient Mummies, New Discoveries

From new translations and analysis of coffin construction and wood to radiocarbon dating, learn about the latest science  in Egyptian mummies and coffins from Dr. Michele Koons and Caroline Arbuckle MacLeod, postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia.

April 16, 2021

What's in a Name? The Hows and Whys of Naming New Species

Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Dr. Paula Cushing, will explain how new species are named and how species names are chosen.

April 15, 2021

Tour of the Paleo Prep Lab

Join chief preparator Natalie Toth and earth sciences preparator Salvador Bastien for a behind-the-scenes look at the tools and techniques used to get a fossil ready for research and exhibition! 

April 8, 2021


Avian Tricksters

Join Associate Curator of Ornithology, Dr. Garth Spellman, as he discusses avian practical jokes from the relatively mundane (think Dad jokes) to the downright horrible.

April 1, 2021

Turning Colorado's Rocks Upside Down

Using a laser rangefinder and GIS, Dr. James Hagadorn is studying the ancient sandstones of Colorado and Utah to figure out what the Rocky Mountains looked like 500-600 million years ago.  

March 25, 2021

Gallivanting Through the Galaxy

Earth is the only place in the entire universe with a biosphere that is uniquely suited to keeping us alive. Explore the universe with Dr. KaChun Yu.

March 18, 2021

Girls & Science Clubhouse Chat

 Earth Sciences collections managers Kristen MacKenzie and Nicole Neu-Yagle share their inspirations and achievements as women in STEAM.

March 13, 2021

SUE the T. Rex

Listen to Curator of Dinosaurs, Dr. Joe Sertich, discuss the life of this fearsome fossil.

February 11, 2021

Animal Anatomy

Zoology preparator Andie Carrillo works behind the scenes of the museum, studying animal specimens to learn about their lives and environments from their physical characteristics, and preparing each specimen to be kept in our collection and studied by other researchers for years to come.

February 9, 2021

Behind the Scenes in Anthropology

Join collections manager Dominique Alhambra and curator of archaeology Dr. Michele Koons for a tour in the Anthropology collections. We'll visit objects from regions and cultures around the world.

January 29, 2021

A Smell to Remember

Learn from research manager Tiffany Nuessle why smell is potentially the most underrated sense we have.

January 21, 2021

Shews - Live Fast, Die Young!

To better understand the diversity and distribution of shrews in the state, we’ve been using genetics to ID the shrews in our museum collection. Join curator of mammals, Dr. John Demboski, to learn how this has led to some interesting findings.  

December 10, 2020

Earth's Last Dinosaur Ecosystem

Join Dr. Tyler Lyson, associate curator of vertebrate paleontology, for a discussion on how the fossil records of plants and animals help to address the tempo and cause(s) of Earth's last mass extinction event.

November 13, 2020

Vigango Repatriation

Join Senior Curator of Archaeology Dr. Steve Nash for a brief discussion about the Museum's decade-long and ultimately successful effort to repatriate sacred grave posts the Mijikenda of Kenya.

May 8. 2020

Tracks and Scat

Poop. Yeah, we said it...POOP! Talk poop with our collections team as they relate images of recent track/scat findings to collection pieces and discuss just why poop is so important.

May 8, 2020

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