Adventures in paleontology: 36 classroom fossil activities by Thor Hansen, Irwin Slesnick

By Thor Hansen, Irwin Slesnick

Hundreds of thousands of years after vanishing from the Earth, dinosaurs nonetheless have the facility to stir students’ interest. Deepen that curiosity with Adventures in Paleontology, a chain of full of life hands-on actions specially for center schoolers. This fantastically illustrated complete colour publication positive factors 36 actions that open scholars as much as a number of foundational sciences, together with biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. for instance: • “How Do Fossils Form?” discusses how organisms turn into fossils and illustrates the idea that with actions that simulate fossil-making strategies. • “What are you able to research From Fossils?” explores what fossils educate approximately historic organisms. • “Mass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earth” discusses lately chanced on hyperlinks among meteor and asteroid affects on the earth and the death of animals like dinosaurs. different chapters disguise tips on how to inform the age of the Earth; how dinosaurs advanced; and variety, category, and taxonomy.! the ultimate chapters supply humanistic views on fossils in literature and artwork. As an attention grabbing supplement to the textual content, bright complete colour illustrations express not only skeletons and animal tracks but additionally what dinosaurs most likely seemed like of their usual settings. convenient line drawings advisor scholars via every one step of the actions.

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Look for evidence of crab predation. How many shells have evidence of crab predation? How many survived the attack and regrew their shell? Do any of the snails show evidence of multiple attacks? Have any shells been attacked by both snails and crabs? A D V E N T U R E S I N PA L E O N T O L O G Y 41 C H A P T E R A C T I V I T Y 2 8 What was the purpose of the plates on the back of Stegosaurus? 35 Two living examples of animals with defensive armor; tortoise (top) and armadillo (bottom). With its tiny head, huge plates and spiky tail, Stegosaurus is one of the strangest dinosaurs.

To get a handle on the processes by which a dying organism leaves evidence of its existence, we will illustrate the events of life and death as it occurred at the nesting sites of a species of hadrosaur during the late Cretaceous Period. 29 depicts the fates of dinosaur eggs in nest sites of about 75 million years ago. Similar nest sites have been found in northern China, in the basins the Rocky Mountains A D V E N T U R E S I N PA L E O N T O L O G Y 37 C H A P T E R A C T I V I T Y 2 7 of Montana and Alberta, and in southern France.

Hypothesis 3: Defense/Display. The plates make Stegosaurus look bigger to scare away predators. 37). ◆ Some animals may combine these traits. 38). 39 Male peacock shows off its plumage to a female. Hypothesis 4: Courtship/Display. The plates are for attracting mates. 39). ◆ Hypothesis 5: Thermoregulation. The plates allow Stegosaurus to collect and radiate heat. For example elephants are large animals that live in a hot environment. 40). ◆ Now let’s make observations and predictions about these different hypotheses.

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