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In this activity student groups, after being given the proper background information, will work together to determine the likely food source and overall body shape for each animal from a single dinosaur tooth. Class discussion will then be initiated by naming the animal whose tooth was described, then showing color pictures of reconstructions of the dinosaur and its environment. Additional discussion will be centered on how each dinosaur was able to develop teeth so well suited to its particular lifestyle. This will lead to the students discovering the concept of adaptation and survival of the fittest. This activity also allows the topic of dinosaurs to be used to introduce basic topics of paleobiology such as predator/prey interactions, scientific methods of determining lifestyles of extinct animals, and processes of evolution.
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