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By Thor Hansen, Irwin Slesnick

Hundreds of thousands of years after vanishing from the Earth, dinosaurs nonetheless have the ability to stir students’ interest. Deepen that curiosity with Adventures in Paleontology, a sequence of energetic hands-on actions in particular for center schoolers. This superbly illustrated complete colour ebook positive factors 36 actions that open scholars as much as quite a few 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 concept that with actions that simulate fossil-making procedures. • “What are you able to examine From Fossils?” explores what fossils train approximately historic organisms. • “Mass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earth” discusses lately came upon hyperlinks among meteor and asteroid affects in the world and the death of animals like dinosaurs. different chapters hide how you can 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 eye catching supplement to the textual content, vibrant complete colour illustrations express not only skeletons and animal tracks but in addition what dinosaurs most likely seemed like of their typical settings. convenient line drawings consultant scholars via every one step of the actions.

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Pterosaurs lived and died out with the dinosaurs. What can you find out about the evolution of pterosaurs? How did they relate with birds? How could the birds have survived the mass extinction crisis of 65 million years ago, but not the pterosaurs? What factors do you think contributed to pterosaur extinction? A D V E N T U R E S I N PA L E O N T O L O G Y 23 C H A P T E R A C T I V I T Y 2 4 Tracking dinosaurs Tracks and traces are unique as fossils because they provide direct evidence of behavior in extinct animals.

And then: What kind of life did this animal live in Germany about G U R E 2 . 3 150 million years ago? Original specimen of Scaphognathus crassirostris found by Goldfuss. 4 Reconstruction of lagoon environment in which Scaphognathus crassirostris was deposited. 20 N AT I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I AT I O N C H A P T E R A C T I V I T Y 2 2 Objectives: 1. Reconstruct the skeleton of a mystery fossil from the Jurassic Period. 2. Make inferences about what the fossil animal looked like when alive, what food it ate, and its mode of transportation.

40). ◆ Now let’s make observations and predictions about these different hypotheses. , are porcupine quills sharp or dull? 40 Elephant and its ears, rich with blood vessels, which help radiate heat. particular hypothesis, you test that hypothesis by making a prediction about Stegosaurus. For example: Porcupine spines are sharp, therefore if Stegosaurus plates were serving a protective function like porcupine spines do, you would expect Stegosaurus plates to be sharply pointed. If Stegosaurus plates are not sharply pointed (which they aren’t) then you reject the hypothesis that the plates served as that kind of defense.

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