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Should Dinosaurs be "Cloned" from Ancient DNA?
These are the teaching notes for a case study in which students use cooperative learning and role-playing to explore the scientific, technical, environmental, and ethical issues related to the possibility of cloning dinosaurs from ancient DNA. The case was designed to enhance the learning environment in an introductory class through cooperative problem-solving and to promote active participation in learning by using library and web resources to do research on a controversial topic in science and ethics. As the students pursue this case, they will apply knowledge explored in readings, lectures, and in-class discussions about dinosaurs, gain a general understanding of the revolutionary techniques used to discover and retrieve ancient DNA and to produce a clone, and improve communication and collaboration skills by working cooperatively in small groups and arguing a position in an authoritative fashion.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Case study
    • Guide for instructor
  • Biology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-598
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Molecular basis of heredity
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Related resources:
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Constance M. Soja
Department of Geology
Colgate University

Publisher: University at Buffalo, State University of New York
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

Author: Deborah Huerta
Science Library
Colgate University