Dimetrodon Is Not A Dinosaur

Dimetrodon—the dinosaur that wasn't really a dinosaur! Explore the facts about an animal that lived before the Jurassic era with a fact-filled video from Brain Scoop. The narrator shows dimetrodon's characteristics, its common ancestry with dinosaurs and other reptiles, and the differences between ancient mammal-like species and the dinosaurs that followed. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Supplement a lesson on evolution, dinosaurs, or animal anatomy with the video
  • Have the class research other ancient animals that are commonly mislabeled as dinosaurs
Classroom Considerations

  • Discuss characteristics of mammals and reptiles before viewing the resource
Pros

  • Highlights how common misconceptions in science are often perpetuated by science fiction
  • The narrator gives a great explanation of the differences between dimetrodon and dinosaurs
Cons

  • None
Common Core