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Activity 6. Evidence from the Fossil Record. Read the introduction. How were you able to use fossils in the last activity to help determine the evolutionary history of whales?. Challenge. How do scientists interpret evidence in the fossil record?.

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activity 6

Activity 6

Evidence from the Fossil Record

read the introduction
Read the introduction.
  • How were you able to use fossils in the last activity to help determine the evolutionary history of whales?
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Challenge

  • How do scientists interpret evidence in the fossil record?
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The Stopping to Think questions in the reading do not require a written response, but you should answer them in your mind. The answers will help you to understand the reading.

return to student sheet 3 1 ideas about evolution
Return to Student Sheet 3.1, “Ideas about Evolution”
  • Add information from this activity or a previous activity to support whether any of the statements are correct or incorrect.
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Why is the fossil record a valuable bank of evidence for scientists trying to understand the history of the ancestry of life on earth?

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Revisit the Challenge

  • How do scientists interpret evidence in the fossil record?
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Key Vocabulary

  • co-opted features
  • evolution
  • fossil record
  • macroevolution
  • radiometric dating
  • strata
  • stratigraphic dating
  • stratigraphy
  • terrestrial tetrapods
  • transitional features
  • transitional fossils