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Objective: 24 January 2013. Explain how scientists use fossils as clues to discover Earth’s history. Intro. Unscramble the pictures to reveal what this is; how do you know?. Paleontology. Paleontology. Paleontology Paleontologist . Study of fossils

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Objective: 24 January 2013

Explain how scientists use fossils as clues to discover Earth’s history.

Intro

Unscramble the pictures to reveal what this is; how do you know?



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Paleontology

  • Paleontology

  • Paleontologist

  • Study of fossils

  • Need to study geology & anatomy (study of skeletal and organ structures)

  • Scientist who studies fossils


Yes, this is a real creature, it’s called a “Gerothorax”.


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Paleontology

  • To start this investigation, turn to next blank page and do this 

  • Number each box as 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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2

3

4


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Paleontology

  • Each group will get a bag… like this one!

  • In the bag are the “remains” of an extinct animal.


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Paleontology

  • When you are told to do so, one person from your group will pick out THREE fossils from the bag!

  • You will then try to come up with what kind of creature could have left this fossil. Draw it in Box 1


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  • Some fossils will be more difficult than others… you must persevere!

  • When you are told, you will then pick out another THREE fossils, and draw a revised picture in box 2.


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  • Next, your group will be given the opportunity to view other groups drawings and fossils.

  • You should revise your drawing in box 3.


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  • Finally, you will expose all of the fossils in the bag, and try to reconstruct the creature and draw it in box 4.


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  • What did your group come up with? Anyone feel like sharing?

  • Does yours look like this?



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  • Oh wait, we’re not done yet! Bet you were wondering what this section is for, huh?

  • Well…

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  • Now that you’ve unearthed your creature and put it back together, it’s time to name it and describe it’s history! Write a short paragraph (10 sentences minimum) describing your creature.

    • Name

    • Why it’s named that

    • What happened to it (how it died)

    • What it ate

    • Where it lived

    • What modern-day species it’s related to


Objective: 24 January 2013

Explain how scientists use fossils as clues to discover Earth’s history.

Outro

How easy do you think it would be to have a career as a paleontologist?


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