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Part of the Dinosaurs: Activities and Lesson Plans Curriculum Collection.
How did ancient dinosaurs move and behave? To fi nd out, paleontologists look for clues in fossils, such as fossilized footprints, eggs, and even dung. They also observe and analyze the movement and behavior of living dinosaurs and other animals. These data help paleontologists interpret the fossil evidence.
You can also observe living dinosaurs. Go outdoors to fi nd birds in their natural habitat. (Or you can use online bird videos, such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s video gallery at www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/ BirdGuide/VideoGallery.html)
In a notebook, first record information about the environment:
Then observe a bird and record:
What can you conclude about bird behavior? What clues to this behavior might be preserved in the rock record (e.g. footprints)?