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Stories from the Fossil Record
This web-based module provides students with a basic understanding of how fossils can be used to interpret the past.
UC Museum of Paleontology
One to two class periods.
- Present-day life forms are descended from past life forms; all life is related.
- Geological change and biological evolution are linked.
- Most species that once lived on Earth have gone extinct.
- The patterns of life's diversity through time provide evidence of evolution.
- An organism’s features reflect its evolutionary history.
- Fossils provide evidence of past life.
- The fossil record contains organisms with transitional features.
- Scientists use anatomical features to infer the relatedness of taxa.
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