Students step into the shoes of a paleontologist. They simulate a fossil dig, make observations and inferences of unknown fossil skulls, compare and contrast fossils, create an illustration of fossils in their fossil layers, and orient fossils in terms of geologic time. Most importantly, fledgling paleontologists begin to understand how scientists come to know about living things of the past.
S7L5. Students will examine the evolution of living organisms through inherited characteristics that promote survival of organisms and the survival of successive generations of their offspring.
a. Explain that physical characteristics of organisms have changed over successive generations (e.g. Darwin’s finches and peppered moths of Manchester).
c. Trace evidence that the fossil record found in sedimentary rock provides evidence for the
long history of changing life forms.