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Teaching Paleontology in the National Parks and Monuments: Putting Together the Pieces (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
This powerpoint hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) educational site introduces the concepts behind the science of paleontology. Specifically, this show discusses how paleontologists put clues together to interpret what happened millions of years ago in the history of the Earth. This includes using maps and stratigraphic columns to find places to look for fossils, removing fossils from their locations, lab studies, and using comparative anatomy techniques to figure out what animal the fossil may be related to. Bones and teeth also provide important information, as well as any environmental indicators around the fossil. This show discusses all of these factors and uses National Park examples to explain how paleontologists work.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Presentation / Demo
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-933
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Park Service, Geologic Resources Division

Author: JF Wood
National Park Service