"Wet" Your Curiosity
You have seen their shells on the beach. And you’ve eaten them “on the half-shell.” So do you think you know all there is to know about bivalves? Hang on! There is a lot more to learn! Come see how scientists are helping us understand the past, present, and future of these amazing animals. Discover the answers to these questions and more!
Evolution Is… Change
Evolution is the result of genetic changes that are passed down from parents to their offspring — over time this can lead to new species.
- But how can we discover the pathway of that change?
- How can we tell what happened millions of years ago using only what is alive today and the few fossil remains that survived?
- And why do we need to know?
Join us for an in-depth look at “How and Why We Study Evolution.” By taking the examples of bivalves (clams and their relatives), we can learn how scientists study evolution to unravel the Bivalve Tree of Life.
Science on the Half Shell is a traveling exhibit, starting its tour at the Museum of the Earth. Click on images of the exhibit below to enlarge them:
Sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, our research is being generated at three main project hubs. Scientists and students from thirteen institutions in nine U.S. states plus Australia, England, and Germany have joined together to assemble the Bivalve Tree of Life. To learn more about the institutions and scientists involved in this project, click on Meet the Scientists. Or, to meet the four bivalve guides that you will see throughout this online exhibit, click on For Kids!