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Dec. 06, 2010

Dream Job: Bird Fossil Hunter

by Leslie Taylor


Video by SmithsonianVideos

Every year Helen James, curator of birds at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, visits dormant Hawaiian volcanoes to look for bird fossils. She studies the fossils to determine how bird species got to remote islands, how they changed evolutionary after arriving the islands, and why islands are the site of so many recent extinctions.

About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is the online editor at Workboat.com and NationalFisherman.com. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be. She is also Science Friday's former web editor.

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