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Curriculum Materials

What is a Fossil?

The most common fossils are bones and teeth, but not all fossils are body parts. Explore the wide-ranging evidence of ancient life that scientists use to understand Earth's prehistoric past.

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Curriculum Materials

How Big Were Dinosaurs?

How many times would your footprint fit into that of a large dinosaur? Could all of your classmate's feet fill up the small crater? Find out with this personalized look at the 35-ton Apatosaur.

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Curriculum Materials

Grouping Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs all belong to the same group, but within that group there are many subsets—meat-eating dinosaurs, four-legged dinosaurs, and so on. Try your hand at classification with these eight dinosaur illustrations.

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Squamate Fun Facts

Did you know that squamates have a third eye? Or that the Gila Monster and the Bearded Lizard are the only two known venomous lizards? Discover more interesting facts about squamates.

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Hands-on Activity

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Coloring Book

How does a Veiled Chameleon's body resemble its environment? What colors are a Burmese Python's spots? Use what you know about squamates to bring these drawings to life.

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Activity

Science Explorations: Investigate the Giant Squid

With unblinking eyes the size of soccer balls and a body that can stretch the length of a bowling alley, the giant squid has long fascinated humans. Investigate the largest invertebrate on Earth.

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Activity

Science Explorations: Journey Into Space

Gravity helps form the stars and planets and helps keep them in orbit. Yet, it can also cause these objects to collide. Explore the many ways gravity shapes—and reshapes—the universe.

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Who Owns These Bones?

What can scientists know about a creature by examining its bones? And what can they only guess at? Show students with this hands-on activity. 

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