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Stories from the Fossil Record


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This web-based module provides students with a basic understanding of how fossils can be used to interpret the past.

UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:

One to two class periods.

Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Present-day life forms are descended from past life forms; all life is related. (LS4.A)

  • Geological change and biological evolution are linked.

  • Most species that once lived on Earth have gone extinct. (LS4.A)

  • The patterns of life's diversity through time provide evidence of evolution. (LS4.A)

  • An organism's features reflect its evolutionary history.

  • Fossils provide evidence of past life. (LS4.A)

  • The fossil record contains organisms with transitional features.

  • Scientists use anatomical features to infer the relatedness of taxa. (LS4.A)

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