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This site provides a general introduction to paleontology and is divided into three sections. In the first section called Fossil Groups one can learn about the different types of fossils and how they are used to answer important questions about the world we inhabit. The second section contains a list of recent papers and products from paleontologic studies. In the third section, Education Resources, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Paleontology
 
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In this lesson, students will understand what can be learned from fossils and in doing so, realize the difference between fact and theory. This lesson is the first of a two-part series on fossils. These lessons will go beyond naming dinosaurs and give students a broad understanding of how we know about the great beasts. They will start to acquire knowledge of the fossil record in preparation for learning ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This lesson is the second in a two-part series on fossils. It explores the information that can be discerned by comparing fossils to living organisms. Students explore fossils and are responsible for using what they have learned to do their own extrapolating. Students conduct an interview with the remains of a Protoceratops. In preparation for the interview, they brainstorm the questions for which ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This activity is structured to allow students to experience one of the largest puzzles in science, the fossil record. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about the nature of science as they experience a simulated fossil hunt. They will be asked to reconstruct a book that has been literally destroyed, just as the fossil record has been changed by billions of years of geological processes. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This lesson explores various hypotheses concerning the extinction of the woolly mammoth. Students will explore a Web resource that presents various hypotheses about why the woolly mammoth became extinct, with a special focus on an infectious disease as the cause. As part of the lesson, students will read an online article about the extinction of the mammoths, which poses questions and possible answers ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This site offers learners an opportunity to piece together clues to how one of our early ancestors looked as they examine images from four significant fossil finds of Australopithecas afarensis. These fossils include footprints from Laetoli, Tanzania and the Hadar skull, first family, and Lucy from Hadar, Ethiopia. This interactive display offers information on the following topics: How did they move?, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Paleontology
 
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Information at this site will help teachers to avoid potential pitfalls when teaching evolution. It will help teachers to understand why they should use function not purpose, evidence not proof, and why they should refer to accepting what the evidence shows rather than believing in evolution. There are also cautions about when to use the terms 'primitive/advanced' and 'theory/hypothesis'. Other potentially ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This is the home page of Project Exploration, a living classroom that involves the public and students, especially city kids and girls, in scientific discoveries involving paleontology. Project Exploration was founded in 1999 to make science accessible to the public, with a special focus on city kids and girls. Interactive exhibits, labs, online journals, unique science programs and interactions with ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This report describes how paleontologists infer what dinosaurs looked like and how they behaved using evidence from fossil bones and, sometimes, comparisons with modern animals like the elephant. By comparing the size of the front and rear leg bones and the feet of an elephant as well as the dinosaur, one researcher was able to conclude that the sauropod Jobaria could "stand up", supporting its weight ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology
 
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This radio broadcast explains how, by examining the clues trapped in amber, a remarkable insight can be gained into how life in the ancient forests would have looked, smelled and even sounded. Throughout the broadcast, there are extracts from a reconstruction of the vanished world of the Dominican amber forest. Scientists explain the difference between the deposits from the Dominican Republic and ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Radio broadcast
Subject: Paleontology
 
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