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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 chain of vigorous hands-on actions specially for heart schoolers. This superbly illustrated complete colour ebook good points 36 actions that open scholars as much as numerous 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 examine From Fossils?” explores what fossils educate approximately historical organisms. • “Mass Extinction and Meteor Collisions With Earth” discusses lately came across hyperlinks among meteor and asteroid affects on the earth and the loss of life of animals like dinosaurs. different chapters hide easy methods to inform the age of the Earth; how dinosaurs developed; and variety, class, and taxonomy.! the ultimate chapters supply humanistic views on fossils in literature and paintings. As an eye catching supplement to the textual content, brilliant complete colour illustrations convey not only skeletons and animal tracks but in addition what dinosaurs most likely gave the impression of of their common settings. convenient line drawings consultant scholars via every one step of the actions.

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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.

Questions 1. The rains that wash the land and drain the tributaries of loose bones will carry them many miles from their source in the breeding ground. Along the way they will be scattered, a tooth here and a bone there, in the sand of a river. When the river slows, a large amount of debris—including a large amount of bones—will settle into a graveyard of bones collected from a large area. Of what possible use to paleontologists would a collection of such varied bones be? 2. One dinosaur weighed about 25 tons.

42). 7. , both males and females had large plates. A D V E N T U R E S I N PA L E O N T O L O G Y 45 C H A P T E R A C T I V I T Y 2 9 It is convenient to place these predictions and tests in a table: Hypothesis Prediction Test Defensive Armor Plates tough and cover vital areas No: plates weak and do not cover sides Defensive Spikes Plates strong and sharp No: plates weak and not sharp Defensive Display Plates make Stegosaurus look larger Yes Courtship Display Males have plates, females don’t No: both sexes have plates Thermoregulation Plates thin and porous with many blood vessel holes Yes Conclusion: The plates fail our tests for defensive armor, spikes, and courtship display.

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