When Camels Roamed North America

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Camels thrive where other animals can't survive! Interestingly enough, the camel didn't originate in the desert, but rather the rain forest. Part of an extensive PBS Eons playlist, a video presentation follows the migration and adaptations of the camel throughout history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Build a timeline of the camel migration and adaptations for reference
  • Have pupils record the camel genetic adaptations as notes while they view the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of the concept of genetic adaptations
Pros

  • Presentation uses photos and actual fossil specimen to demonstrate the structural adaptations
  • The topic is engaging and provides several opportunities to study genetic adaptations
Cons

  • None