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In this comic, you'll follow the investigation of scientists Maria and Miguel as they solve a paleontological mystery. About 11,000 years ago, more than 80% of the large animal species in South America went extinct. Why did it happen? (Available in English and Spanish)
UC Museum of Paleontology
This comic includes a glossary and comprehension questions for classroom discussion or an independent assignment.
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- Life forms of the past were in some ways very different from living forms of today, but in other ways very similar. (LS4.A)
- Present-day life forms are descended from past life forms; all life is related. (LS4.A)
- Extinction can result from environmental change.
- Mass extinctions occur.
- Fossils provide evidence of past life. (LS4.A)
- There are similarities and differences among fossils and living organisms. (LS4.A)
- Organisms with similar requirements may compete with one another for limited resources.
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing. (P3, P4, P6, P7)
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.
- Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence. (P6, NOS3)
- Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.
- Scientists use multiple lines of evidence to study life over time.
- Scientists use fossils to learn about past life. (LS4.A, ESS1.C)
- Scientists use geological evidence to establish the age of fossils.
- Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observations, comparisons, and modeling) to collect evidence. (P2, P3, P4, NOS1)
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Science is a human endeavor. (NOS7)