Paleontology Teacher Resources
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Bending Fossils: Experiments In Paleontology (Harvard Adventures, Part 3)
6 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How can we bend a fossil? Junior paleontologists explore the joint movements of extinct species in Brain Scoop's Fossils and Geology series. The narrator works with a paleontology curator to show the experiments performed on the...
VARVES: Dating Sedimentary Strata: Geology, Paleontological Patterns
6th - 9th
Students count the number of varves (annual layers of sediment) in shale billets, taken from the Green River Formation in Wyoming. The count is then extended to reflect the entire 260 meters of sediments where the billets originated.
Great Minds: Mary Anning, "The Greatest Fossilist in the World"
5 mins 9th - 12th
How would you feel if you made a scientific discovery and weren't recognized because of your gender? Mary Anning basically founded paleontology, but she could never publish her own discoveries. From discovering how to clean fossils and...
What a Dinosaur Looks like under a Microscope
9 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do scientists determine the age of a dinosaur when it died? Viewers earn how scientists make slides of dinosaur fossils and how they use these images to determine age at death. Part of a larger Eons series from PBS, these beautiful...