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Activity

Evolution

Natural selection plays a large role in the evolution of a species. The following activity demonstrates this concept.

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Classroom Activity

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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Article

Selecting a Site

What should you think about before selecting a site to study? The answer depends on what you want to know. Get tips from working scientists about how to hone in on the perfect site for you.

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Article

How to Identify Plants in the Field

When it comes to identifying plant species, making mistakes is part of the process. That's why this botanist and curator recommends, "Never erase anything!"

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Curriculum Materials

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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Curriculum Collection

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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