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Animals Through Time    Mystery 1

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Where can you find whales in a desert?

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Discuss: Why do you think there were fossils of ocean animals in the middle of Illinois?

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Activity Prep

Each student will need:

The teacher needs a printout of the Answer Key (optional, as the answers are also provided in the video).

Activity Summary

In this visual activity, students are shown a landscape and a fossil found in that landscape. Students will examine the fossil and figure out the habitat that used to be in that place.

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Plesiosaur

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Plesiosaur

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Plesiosaur

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration which you just completed.
  • End of Mystery Assessment and Answer Key
  • Reading: A Whale of a Find tells of the discovery of many whale skeletons in a South American desert.
  • Video: Watch children examine a "fishapod" fossil and reason from the evidence that they see. You'll find even more info on the "fishapod" here.
  • Resource: Students can explore how ancient plants and animals interact with the environment and with one another in an interactive website from the University of California’s Museum of Paleontology.
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Nebraska today by Ken Lund , used under CC BY-SA
meadow by Daniel Case , used under CC BY-SA
monkey skeleton by Franzen JL, Gingerich PD, Habersetzer J, Hurum JH, von Koenigswald W, Smith BH , used under CC BY
grass by Moyan Brenn , used under CC BY
penguins by Liam Quinn , used under CC BY-SA
seal by Liam Quinn , used under CC BY-SA
flotsam by Erich Ferdinand , used under CC BY
fish fossil by Michael Popp
forest by Elias Gayles , used under CC BY
jungle by Karen Blaha , used under CC BY-SA
ocean by Tiago Fioreze , used under CC BY-SA
fossils in rock by Rich Tatum , used under CC BY
fossil crab by Rene Sylvestersen , used under CC BY-SA
beach by Joey Gannon , used under CC BY-SA
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