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Stories from the Fossil Record
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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.
- Geological change and biological evolution are linked.
- Tectonic plate movement has affected the evolution and distribution of living things.
- Living things have had a major influence on the composition of the atmosphere and on the surface of the planet.
- Mass extinctions occur.
- An organismís features reflect its evolutionary history.
- The fossil record documents the biodiversity of the past.
- The fossil record contains organisms with transitional features.
- Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.
- Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.
- Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence.
- Scientists use fossils (including sequences of fossils showing gradual change over time) to learn about past life.
- Scientists use the geographic distribution of fossils and living things to learn about the history of life.
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