A Science Odyssey

1900: As the twentieth century dawns, scientists have few hard facts about the origins of Earth, humans, or life itself. Most believe the Earth was formed from material torn from the sun, and that as it cooled, its surface contracted, buckled, and cracked, creating mountains and oceans and causing earthquakes and volcanoes. We know little about our prehistoric ancestors. Our best clues are in the few ancient fossils recovered in Europe and Asia. The mechanism of evolution, by which physical traits are passed from one generation to the next, is unknown.

Here are a few steps on the science odyssey from then to now, including links to activities and databank entries on this site.

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