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Ancient Sea Monsters Discovered

Scientists have discovered bones of giant sea reptiles called mosasaurs in West Africa that are 72 million years old. A new Smithsonian exhibit will feature mosasaur fossils and reconstructions showing how these enormous predators looked. Paleontologists have been studying the mosasaur fossils to learn about a time long ago when the Atlantic Ocean was new. Listen to hear what they are learning about these ancient sea monsters and the world in which they lived.

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Story Length: 5:08

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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