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Chapter 5 - Earth's History

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Unit C - Earth and Beyond

Chapter 5 - Earth's History

Investigate rocks. Explore how scientists can read the rocks to learn about the history of the Earth.

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What's the Big Idea About Paleontology?

Most living things never become fossils. And most of the fossils created will never be found. Learn more about these extremely rare—and valuable—records of the past. 

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Meet the PaleontOLogists

If you dig dinosaurs, then you need to meet these OLogists. Find out what cool stuff Anna, Max, Reva, and Mark have uncovered while following their curiosity. 

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What Do You Know about Paleontology?

How much do you know about the Age of Dinosaurs? Brush the dust and other sediment off your brain, and test your paleontology knowledge with this interactive quiz.

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Beyond T. rex

Only a small fraction of the 400-plus known species of extinct dinosaurs have appeared on TV and movie screens. Meet some of the more unusual members of T. rex and Velociraptor's family tree.

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Hands-on Activity

Mesozoic Museum

What would it be like to organize a dinosaur exhibit? Find out by creating your own miniature Mesozoic Museum. Don't forget to invite your friends and family to the opening! 

Finding-Fossils

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Finding Fossils

You don't have to be a professional paleontologist to collect the remains of ancient life. Anyone can find fossils. This handy how-to guide tells you where to look and what to do.

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Buried Bones

The next time you have chicken, don't throw out the bones—bury them in plaster of Paris. Then, scrape by scrape, see firsthand the challenges archaeologists face when excavating fossils.

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Drawing Dinos

Ever wonder how scientists can look at a bunch of bones and draw what a dinosaur looked like? Learn their five-step trick. Then, bring a Stegosaurus skeleton to life. 

Going-Gobi

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Going Gobi

Who would travel halfway around the world to spend the summer in a desert where brutal sandstorms and surprise flash floods are on the itinerary? Meet Mike and Mark, who've made the trek annually since 1990. 

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Curriculum Materials

Paleontology Books

Take a tour of evolution. Discover a dinosaur nesting ground in Patagonia. Travel in the Magic School Bus to Dinosaur Land. And dig up lots of dinosaur facts with these 12 kid-friendly books.

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