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Paleobiology Features

Found in: science, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Paleobiology Features, from the Department of Paleobiology of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, offers 17 resources for science students and teachers in grades 5-12. Resources include identification keys, videos, games, paleontology papers, and more.

  • Evolve or Perish Board Game takes students in grades 5-8 on a tour through 630 million years of evolution. A beginner’s version can be played by 2-4 and an advanced by 2-3 players. A taxa list keyed to each game square is included. The game board ( PDF, 9.4 MB, 2 pg.) is available in color and black and white and in English, Spanish, and Catalan.

  • Geologic Time takes students in grades 6-12 on a tour of Earth from the birth of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago to the present. The annotated and interactive timeline lists defining and secondary characteristics of eons, periods and epochs, descriptions, evidence, maps, images, and foundational concepts.

  • Burgess Shale  provides a look at 20 specimens from the Cambrian sea. Burgess Shale fossils are of special interest because an underwater avalanche of fine silt preserved soft as well as hard features of the creatures.

  • Paleo Art highlights some of the Smithsonian's historical art, describes how to care for illustrations, and discusses techniques for creating scientific illustrations. Illustration Techniques discusses the field of paleontological illustration, ink and pencil techniques, and equipment used by illustrators.


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