The Fungus on Your Head

Dinosaurs had dandruff? Check out a short video that follows scientists at a lab as they research the flakey problem that affects more than half the human population and affected many dinosaurs as well. The researchers take scalp samples, grow a "lawn" of the fungus that causes dandruff, and then test shampoos on their samples.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Compare the ingredients on dandruff control and cosmetic shampoos
  • Go into more detail about how the discovery of dinosaur dandruff proves they were warm-blooded
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of genes, skin, and fungi

  • Connects current science with real-world applications
  • Lesson is great for traditional or flipped classes

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