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What Did T. rex Taste Like?
This computer activity is an introduction to cladistics, which organizes living things by common ancestry and evolutionary relationships, enabling us to better understand life's present diversity and evolutionary history. The predictive power of cladistics can be used to answer questions that cannot be answered by observation of a living organism, such as "What did dinosaurs taste like?" This site presents a simplified version of the process used to generate cladistic analyses. A teacher's section provides lesson plans, handouts, and assessment tools.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Biology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
Site works best with a connection speed of T1 or above.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1994-2002 by The University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, and the Regents of the University of California. All materials appearing on the UCMP Web Servers may not be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system without prior written permission of the publisher and in no case for profit.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-403
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • C - Life science:
        • Biological evolution
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of California Museum of Paleontology

Author: Jennifer C Collins
University of California, Berkeley

Author: Judy Scotchmoor
University of California, Berkeley

Author: Caroline Stromberg
University of California, Berkeley