How Bird Vomit Helps Us Understand History

They didn't just WING this video; it's a real HOOT! An intriguing video in the Brain Scoop Fossils & Geology series explains what owl pellets are and why scientists study them. Then, it covers the extension of how scientists use them to learn about past ecosystems. In one case, an ecosystem has been traced back 150,000 years using only owl pellets.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Watch before dissecting owl pellets
  • Interview someone from a local nature conservatory about local rodents and conservation
Classroom Considerations

  • Be wary of the comment section as it is open to the public
Pros

  • Provides subtitles in English and Spanish
  • Connects geography, history, ecology, and biology
Cons

  • None