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Students are presented with a set of data about dinosaurs and are asked to make hypotheses about what the data can tell us.
UC Museum of Paleontology
Two class periods
- Fossils provide evidence of past life.
- A hallmark of science is exposing ideas to testing.
- Science focuses on natural phenomena and processes.
- The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.
- Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence.
- Our knowledge of the evolution of living things is always being refined as we gather more evidence.
- Scientists use multiple lines of evidence to study life over time.
- Scientists use fossils to learn about past life.
- Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observations, comparisons, and modeling) to collect evidence.
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Science is a human endeavor.
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