An Introduction to the Science of the Fossil Record and Evolution Link to jing instructional video.


During this activity students will explore a variety of resources related to the study of the fossil record and its relationship to evolution. The information posted below is for stations 3, 5 and 6. Students, be sure to read all directions very carefully. Stations 1, 2 and 4 are set up on tables on either side of the library. It's probably a good idea to get those stations completed before the end of class (because the other stations can be completed online).

Note to teachers: typically kids work in groups of three or four on this activity. Here is an electronic version of the packet they use:


Station 3: Use the information and links below to help you as you work through station 3 of the Evolution and the Fossil Record library activity. (Jing Link)



Image of a Pakicetus Attocki skeleton. These creatures were ancient ancestors of modern whales.

Source: National Geographic

Prehistoric Mammals (569 Tur)
Pakicetus_attocki.jpg



Station 5: Use the information and links below to help you as you work through station 5 of the Evolution and the Fossil Record library activity. (Jing Link)


Visit the fossil horse gallery to find the information missing from the table (See the highlighted letters below.) Access the gallery by clicking here.
Hippidion
Miohippus
Orohippus
hippidsk.gif
mioh.gif
oroh.gif
Name of time period of existence:Pleistocene
Number of years ago: A
Name of time period of existence: C
Number of years ago: D
Name of time period of existence: E
Number of years ago: 52 to 45 million years ago
Small, medium, or large*? B
Small, medium, or large*? Small (85 to 110 lbs.)
Small, medium, or large*? F


*Would the animal in question be small, medium or large when compared to a modern horse?

Station 6: Use the information from the article posted here to complete station 6



Please view the voicethread on the right before beginning work on station 7. (Video instructions for station 7).



Related items:

Mammal ancestry diagram:
PDF for explanation of ancestors and descendents:
Image for station 7: