Compare Hoof and Tooth Fossils
More than 35 million years ago, horses thrived in wet forests. Take a close look at horse fossils to see what paleontologists can learn from studying an extinct animal’s bones and teeth.
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This activity, created to complement the museum's The Horse exhibit, helps students understand how an animal’s foot bones and teeth adapt for different habitats.
- Students first explore their own teeth and toes to gain an understanding of the function of these body parts.
- Two downloadable reproducibles and a series of questions then guide students on their exploration of horse hooves and teeth .
- The activity ends with a classroom discussion about what paleontologists can learn by studying an extinct animal’s bones and teeth.
Approximately 1 period