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Paleontology

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Ancient Creature of the Deep
Coelacanths have been found near South Africa, the Comoros Islands, and Indonesia. Ask students to locate these places on a map or globe and estimate the distances between them...

Arctic Dinosaurs
Investigate how animals adapt to polar climates

Bone Diggers
Use a map to locate where scientists found the Thylacoleo skeletons...

Curse of T. rex
Taking fossils from federal land without a permit is illegal. Only scientists are granted such permits, and most commercial dealers disagree with this policy...

Dinosaurs of the Gobi
Ask students to brainstorm types of jobs and responsibilities that are required in paleontology...

Four-Winged Dinosaur, The
Use a map to locate where scientists found the Microraptor fossils...

Jewel of the Earth
Scientists look to the fossil record to learn about the different kinds of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago...

Last Extinction
Graph and analyze chemical concentrations from ice-core data...

Mammoths of the Ice Age
During the Ice Age, the climate changed dramatically, glaciers covered much of the Earth, and extinct mammals roamed the planet...

Missing Link, The
Tetrapods are vertebrate animals with four leg-like appendages. Ask students to define tetrapod and list examples...

NOVA scienceNOW: T. rex
Compare Tyrannosaurus rex's weight with the weights of familiar objects...

NOVA scienceNOW: T. Rex Blood?
Play a game to help students understand the field of paleontology...

Real Jurassic Park, The
Discuss the difference between a project that is theoretically possible and one that is technically feasible...

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