Join us Thursday, October 22, at 7 pm PT for a free NightSchool livestream!

Journey back in time 4.6 billion years to learn about the beginnings of the universe, why life on Earth looks like it does today, and get a little help translating the fossil record into paleoart.


  • What had to happen over the course of billions of years for us to exist right now? What did life on Earth look like 500 million years ago? Why does any of that matter? Get acquainted with Earth’s herstory with Maricela Abarca, Curatorial Assistant in Geology, and take a moment to appreciate all the geological and biological events that had to happen for you to be here right now reading this sentence.
  • UC Museum of Paleontology’s Nick Spano talks mass extinctions, global warming, societal change, and implications for the future—as seen through the lens of the ice age.
  • Watch as illustrator Franz Anthony brings extinct cephalopods to life, and learn how paleoartists use scientific papers and fossils to understand what life might have looked like millions of years ago.



Missed the party? Just want to relive the magic? Watch the recorded livestreams on YouTube!


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