Adventures in paleontology: 36 classroom fossil activities by Thor Hansen, Irwin Slesnick

By Thor Hansen, Irwin Slesnick

Thousands of years after vanishing from the Earth, dinosaurs nonetheless have the ability to stir students’ interest. Deepen that curiosity with Adventures in Paleontology, a sequence of vigorous hands-on actions specifically for center schoolers. This fantastically illustrated complete colour booklet positive factors 36 actions that open scholars as much as quite a few foundational sciences, together with biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. for instance: • “How Do Fossils Form?” discusses how organisms develop into fossils and illustrates the concept that with actions that simulate fossil-making procedures. • “What are you able to study From Fossils?” explores what fossils educate approximately historic organisms. • “Mass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earth” discusses lately found hyperlinks among meteor and asteroid affects on the earth and the dying of animals like dinosaurs. different chapters disguise tips on how to inform the age of the Earth; how dinosaurs developed; and variety, type, and taxonomy.! the ultimate chapters provide humanistic views on fossils in literature and artwork. As an eye catching supplement to the textual content, brilliant complete colour illustrations exhibit not only skeletons and animal tracks but in addition what dinosaurs most likely appeared like of their normal settings. convenient line drawings consultant scholars via every one step of the actions.

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A D V E N T U R E S I N PA L E O N T O L O G Y 35 C H A P T E R A C T I V I T Y 2 7 Hatching and death on Egg Island In our everyday life on land, we see little evidence of organisms in the act of being preserved as fossils. When living things die their bodies usually disappear in a short time. Other animals, such as bacteria and fungi, eat plants and animals. The complete decomposition of the bodies of dead organisms results in the production of gases and minerals. The “dust to dust” recycling of living things is the general rule.

Adults have been tending to the eggs. As the eggs hatch, shells are trampled, scattered and powdered by the babies. The younger members of the family then join the parents in migratory herds and return to the breeding site the following season. Predators eat some of the young; others die, rapidly decompose, and disappear. The same family will use the same nest site with a new layer of sediment again and again. 29 1. On the left slope of the egg nest hill on the shoreline surface, are the skeletal remains of a carcass of an adult dinosaur partially immersed in water.

Add the smaller leg bones to the hip. The thigh bone fits into the hip bone. A single leg bone connects with the thigh (you have two leg bones in each of your own legs). The small 4-toe feet connect with the leg bones. The larger upper arm bones connect with the shoulder blades. The lower arm bones are composed of two fused bones, to which the hand connects at the wrist. The fifth finger of each hand of the fossil is almost as large as its entire body. When your skeleton is assembled to your satisfaction, fix it in position by taping the bones together.

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