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What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur

Can you walk like a dinosaur? Hint: The movement is not like lizards, crocodiles, and other reptiles; instead, it's more like birds. Investigate what else birds and dinosaurs have in common.

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Body and Trace Fossils

What kind of fossil is a tooth—body or trace? How about a nest of eggs? Or a skin impression? Examine the differences between body and trace fossils with these eight high-quality photographs.

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Activity

Make Your Own Liaoning Diorama

Re-create the 130-million-year-old forest in what is now China to understand why this fossil site is of such vast scientific importance.

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Classroom Activity

Climate Change Circles of Consequences

"Greenhouse effect" and "global warming" are becoming household phrases but how, exactly, are they linked? Explore the interconnections and consequences of climate change.

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Understanding Cladistics

Explore the method scientists use to determine evolutionary relationships by creating a coin cladogram. Then try your hand at classifying a handful of dinosaurs.

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Curriculum Materials

Gathering Light

While refracting and reflecting telescopes use different means of collecting light, the same principle applies to both—the bigger the aperture, the more light collected.

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Curriculum Materials

Building a Simple Refracting Telescope

What could Galileo see when he looked through his telescope? Build a refracting telescope with lenses similar to the ones he used, and see the answer for yourself.

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Curriculum Materials

Pixel This!

No doubt you've received—or even sent—a digital image. But do you know how these pixel-based photographs work? You will after you decode one yourself.

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Becoming a Cultural Researcher

What would an anthropologist make of your toothbrush, your school locker, or a Halloween jack-o-lantern? Examine the material culture and artifacts of your life.

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Analyzing Images of Culture

A picture is worth a thousand words, but whose words are they? Zoom in on how the opinions and biases of photographers can color the images they take.

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