Fossil Fish, Pt. II: A History

Typically. when one thinks of palm trees, they rarely mention Wyoming ... yet Fossil Lake proves palm trees existed in this area back when it was a tropical paradise. The second video in a three-part series explores the history of Fossil Lake, Wyoming.  From the major volcanoes, proof of earthquakes, and even a horse, the discoveries impress as much as they excite scientists. The series is part of a larger playlist from Brain Scoop on Fossils and Geology.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the many climates this specific lake went through based on the fossil record
  • Find other places on the globe that have a lake surrounded by volcanoes and hypothesize what paleontologists of the future might find
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge from the first video in the series

  • Presenter's enthusiasm for the topic is contagious
  • Offers closed captioning in Chinese, English, and Spanish for English learners

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