The Hellacious Lives of the "Hell Pigs"

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Some animals have more in common than meets the eye. An episode of the PBS Eon series analyzes the fossil records of a mammal nicknamed the hell pig. The lesson describes how evolutionary methods determine the genetic evolution of the specimen.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After viewing the video, have pupils create a phylogenic tree of the species featured in the video
  • Have learners compare and contrast the features of the modern pig with the hell pigs
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a general understanding of genetic variation
Pros

  • Discusses real fossil evidence
  • Offers the option for closed captioning
Cons

  • None