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Animals Through Time    Mystery 2

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How do we know what dinosaurs looked like?

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Discuss: When scientists look at the bones of a dinosaur, why do you think they decided the outside of a dinosaur looks like a lizard rather than a furry animal or a feathered animal?

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Discuss 1 of 2: What do you think--does this dinosaur skull look more like that of a furry animal, or more like the skull of a scaly lizard? Why do you think that?

dinosaurskull

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Discuss 2 of 2: Here's another dinosaur skull--the allosaurus. Does it look more like that of a furry animal, or more like the skull of a scaly lizard? Why do you think that?

allosaurus

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Discuss: What part of the dinosaur’s body do you think this might have been?

Dakota Impression

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Discuss:

Based on what you’ve just learned, summarize why scientists think dinosaurs looked like lizards.

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Guess What These Animals Eat

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

Activity Summary

A four-page handout shows skulls of both familiar animals and dinosaurs. Questions prompt students to examine each animal's teeth and figure out what that animal ate. After students complete the handout, show a series of slides and discuss answers.

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Activity (Worksheet—page 1) (Answers on next slide.)

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Guess What These Animals Eat

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

A four-page handout shows skulls of both familiar animals and dinosaurs. Questions prompt students to examine each animal's teeth and figure out what that animal ate. After students complete the handout, show a series of slides and discuss answers.

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Exploration
T-rex by Homeschoolerswrite.org
bear skeleton by Tiia Monto , used under CC BY-SA
bear by Sergiodlarosa , used under CC BY-SA
sauropod drawing by ДиБгд
broken skull by Mirta12 , used under CC BY-SA
Dreadnoughtus by Jennifer Hall , used under CC BY
box of bones by Fraser
laying next to large bone by Imgur
skull by Bone Clones
cat by Moyan Brenn , used under CC BY
gorilla by Kate , used under CC BY-SA
squirrel by Tambako The Jaguar , used under CC BY-ND
velociraptor sculpture by jamieanne , used under CC BY-ND
bird like dinosaur by Aaron Tierney , used under CC BY-SA
digging out fossil by Антон Черный
tooth by dinosaur-rose
Brontosaurus by Charles Robert Knight
egg fossils by Wolfgang Sauber , used under CC BY-SA
hatching egg fossil by Tim Evanson , used under CC BY-SA
Earth by Celestia? , used under CC BY
cat skull by Bone Clones
cats by Tanya.K. , used under CC BY
chimpanzees by Michele W , used under CC BY-ND
horses by smerikal , used under CC BY-SA
Iguana hatching by Justin Walguarnery.
crocodiles hatching by Grace Kat , used under CC BY-SA
snake hatching by Vijay Krishna , used under CC BY-SA
Astroid by Don Davis/NASA
dinosaurs dying off by National Science Foundation, Zina Deretsky
green lizard by Jean-Jacques Boujot , used under CC BY-SA
bones in ground by Richard Fortey
giant lizards by Ian Wright , used under CC BY-SA
theater by Machine-History.Com
dinosaur cartoon by Scarpuss
reptile skull by Bone Clones
skin imprint by Kabacchi
Jurassic Park video clip by MovieClips.com
T-rex head sculpture by Ballista , used under CC BY-SA
old drawing by Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-Fond
diggin up fossils by Origo
dino-gorilla by heckthor
T-rex skeleton by stu_spivack , used under CC BY-SA