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Students play the roles of paleontologists on a dig. They “unearth” a few fossils at a time and attempt to reconstruct the animal the fossils represent.
UC Museum of Paleontology
~ 40 minutes
An excellent lesson for demonstrating and discussing the nature of science. Adaptable to multiple grade levels. Best to laminate sets of the “fossil bones” for repetitive use.
Adapted from ENSI's Great Fossil Find.
- Form is linked to function.
- Fossils provide evidence of past life.
- Scientists study fossils and how and when they were formed.
- Scientific ideas may change with new evidence.
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